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Canada appalled after stranger assaults 84-year-old woman in B.C.

Burnaby Police are asking the public for help identifying a suspect that assaulted an 84-year-old woman in B.C., pushing her off of her walker as she was downtown on April 3.

The disturbing video shared by the Burnaby RCMP shows the suspect approaching an elderly woman, then tripping her as she walked on Central Boulevard near Metrotown Skytrain Station.

Police say that the elderly woman was shaken but "thankfully not seriously injured."

Police describe the female suspect as "possibly Asian."

They note that she has dark brown hair, and that she was wearing a face mask, black tights, a long dark puffy jacket, light shoes and carrying a beige purse.

Police say that they "do not have any information" to indicate that the Asian victim was targeted based on her ethnicity.

However, police say they will continue to consider the possibility of a hate crime, citing several recent incidents of racial slurs and racist graffiti around the city that have raised cause for concern.

Police in British Columbia have reported a number of assaults on members of the Asian community in recent weeks, including an attack on a bus and an assault in downtown Vancouver.

Understandably, Canadians across the country are horrified by this latest incident.

Some people are especially disturbed by the fact that none of the passersby stop to help the elderly victim.

In a statement on Thursday, Chief Superintendent Deanne Burleigh condemned the suspect's actions.

"There is no place for crimes of this nature in our city," she said. "We want every resident of Burnaby to know that our officers are diligently investigating every complaint being made to us."

Burnaby Police ask anyone with information on the suspect to contact them via phone or email.

Lead photo by

Burnaby Police

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