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Senior's mugging, choking 'alarming': Vancouver police

By David P. Ball, 24 hours Vancouver

Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver, B.C.. (GOOGLE MAPS)

Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver, B.C.. (GOOGLE MAPS)

Police are searching for a 30-something woman who allegedly mugged, choked and abandoned an 80-year-old man unconscious in a Vancouver bathroom.

The victim, a Chinese-Canadian senior, told police he was taking a stroll through Oppenheimer Park around noon on Sunday when he said a five-foot-two white woman with dark hair forcibly dragged him into a park washroom, beating and choking him until he was unconscious.

When he awoke, he said his small amount of cash had been stolen. At press time, the alleged victim was still in hospital with a broken nose and bruising on his face.

“We do see occasions where we have violence, whether in Oppenheimer or other areas,” police spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham told 24 hours. “But it's rare we see an attack on an elderly person — extremely rare — it's alarming to us … This is a fairly vulnerable person when you're dealing with an 80-year-old.”

Police are not releasing the amount allegedly stolen, because it is part of their investigation, but are asking for witnesses to come forward.



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