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Vancouver senior may not survive after men pose as police officers in 'horrific' attack

Last Updated Feb 1, 2021 at 12:51 pm PDT

File - A Vancouver Police Department vehicle. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

VPD says two men posed as officers and attacked a 78-year-old woman in her home

Senior who was attacked lay injured in her home for hours, may not survive

Police warning everyone to be on alert after 'horrific and deeply disturbing' attack

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A 78-year-old woman is critically hurt after she was attacked in her home on Vancouver’s west side Sunday by two men posing as police officers, according to the VPD. It’s prompted a warning from police for everyone to be on alert.

Vancouver police say the two men knocked on the woman’s door around 6 a.m. It’s believed the victim was attacked inside her home near Queen Elizabeth Park after she let the men inside.

The senior, who lives alone, likely lay injured in the home for several hours before a friend called police for a wellness check.

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When officers arrived at the home, the woman was found clinging to life and was taken to the hospital.

“This was a horrific and deeply disturbing crime,” Sgt. Steve Addision with the VPD said, adding they still don’t know who did this or what their motivation was.

“Because of the injuries she sustained and her advanced age, we are concerned that she might not survive,” he said.

Police are not sharing details of the attack, but say officers have not yet been able to speak with her. They are warning everyone to be on alert.

“We need people to be careful and aware and vigilant about anybody who might be coming to their door and posing as police officers because this is obviously a very frightening case that’s occurred and people need to take some steps to protect themselves,” Addison said.

The first suspect is described as a white man who is about 6’0″ with a long, brown beard and a medium build. He’s believed to be in his 30s.

The second suspect is believed to be an Indigenous or Hispanic man. He’s also about 6’0″ with a heavy build and dark, balding hair. He’s believed to be between 30 and 50 years old.

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Police are reminding you that officers will have specific ID.

“In Vancouver, we have police officers who work in uniform and people who work in plainclothes — which essentially means people who are wearing street clothes and they’re still on duty. Any police officer who’s working should have a badge. They should have an identification card and they should have a personal identification number that’s unique to them,” Addison said.

He adds if you have any doubt whether the person you are dealing with is a legitimate police officer, you can call the VPD non-emergency line at 604-717-3321.

If you have details about the attack over the weekend, you’re asked to call the VPD’s Major Crime Section at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

-With files from Sonia Aslam