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84-year-old woman using a walker deliberately tripped near Metrotown, police seek suspect

Last Updated May 28, 2020 at 6:48 pm PDT

Summary

The assault happened on April 3 near Metrotown Skytrain Station in Burnaby

The victim is Asian and the woman caught on video assaulting her is being described as 'possibly Asian'

Mounties say they are looking into the role racism may have played in this attack

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — Police have released video of someone deliberately tripping an 84-year-old woman who uses a walker, sending her tumbling to the ground, in hopes someone can identify the suspect.

The assault happened on April 3 near Metrotown SkyTrain Station in Burnaby.

“The 84-year-old woman was shaken and thankfully not seriously injured. While the suspect’s face is not clear in the video, police are hopeful that those who know the suspect may recognize something from the video that will assist us in identifying her,” reads a release from the RCMP.

The victim is Asian and the woman caught on video assaulting her is being described as “possibly Asian.”

Mounties say they are looking into the role racism may have played in this attack.

“At this time, police do not have any information to indicate that the Asian victim was targeted based on her ethnicity however based off of what we are currently observing taking place in neighbouring municipalities it is an active investigative avenue,” police said in a release.

“In recent weeks police have noted some concerning incidents in which members of the Asian community in our City have been targeted. Burnaby RCMP has responded to calls for service in relation to victims who were subjected to racial slurs and others where a business had racist graffiti sprayed in and around their premises.”

Anyone who recognizes the woman in the video is being asked to call the Burnaby RCMP non-emergency line at (604) 646-9999.