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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