Savage beating sends Vancouver custodian to hospital 0
A caretaker at one of Vancouver’s single-room occupancy hotels was savagely beaten by a stranger while working in the alley behind the building Saturday afternoon.
Sharon Kennedy, 50, lives and works at the Vogue Hotel at 1060 Granville St., where she was taking out the trash when two binners allegedly confronted her. She says she threatened to call police after a verbal confrontation, which sent the pair away, but then another man approached from around the corner.
“He came up behind me and the next thing I knew I was airborne,” Kennedy told 24 hours by phone. “I was picked up and thrown into the wall, I was slammed onto the ground, I was choked. And I’m maybe 100 pounds, 95 pounds at the most.”
Kennedy says she was admitted to St. Paul’s Hospital, where she was given a dose of morphine and later released.
“It fractured my elbow, I have vertebrae in my neck that are messed up now, my hip, I have bruises all up and down the right side of my buttocks, I’m traumatized,” she said. “I bet you I slept an hour last night if I slept that.”
Vancouver Police confirm they arrested a 43-year-old man shortly after the incident and are recommending assault charges. The suspect was released on a promise to appear in court. The Community Builders Group manages the hotel. It was not immediately available for comment.