Burnaby police are investigating an unusual assault that sent a 73-year-old woman to hospital on Saturday.
The incident happened in the early morning hours outside the woman’s home near the intersection of Millbrook Lane and Belfriar Drive on the eastern edge of town.
The Burnaby RCMP said in a press release that they believe the woman left her home around noon. 03.00 after hearing a noise outside.
Police believe the woman was attacked by an unknown man while she was out investigating the noise. The stranger hit her to the ground and injured her before fleeing the scene, police said.
The woman returned home and sought help from neighbors, police said, adding that she had since been taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
“The motivation for the attack is still under investigation and Burnaby RCMP investigators continue to search for witnesses and video surveillance evidence in the neighborhood,” police said in their release.
They added that they have not received any other reports of similar attacks.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has surveillance video from the area recorded between 6 p.m. 2 and 4, should contact the Burnaby RCMP, police said.
Assaults by strangers have been the subject of considerable concern in Vancouver in recent weeks, with city police saying they have received, on average, more than four calls a day about such incidents over the past year.