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Racism not ruled out as motive in unprovoked tripping of Burnaby senior

BY The Canadian Press, May 29, 2020 9:41 AM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON May 29, 2020 4:42 PM

A search is underway in Metro Vancouver for a woman, as shown here in a handout image provided by the RCMP, who casually approached a senior who was using a walker, tripped her from behind and walked away. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-RCMP

Police in Metro Vancouver are searching for a woman who casually approached a senior who was using a walker, tripped her from behind and walked away.

Burnaby RCMP have released video of the April 3 assault that was caught on surveillance cameras mounted at the Metrotown SkyTrain station.

Police say the 84-year-old victim, who is of Asian descent, was shaken but not seriously hurt.

The suspect is described as a woman, possibly Asian, wearing a face mask, a long, dark puffy jacket, dark tights, light shoes and carrying a large, beige purse.

Investigators say there is no immediate indication the case is a hate crime but, based on police reports of an increasing number of anti-Asian crimes in neighbouring Vancouver, they are not ruling out that motive.

A statement says RCMP policies do not permit collection of race or ethnicity data, but it adds that Burnaby Mounties are aware of recent ``concerning incidents'' targeting members of the city's Asian community.

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