RCMP investigating assault on elderly man
Cranbrook RCMP is investigating the assault of a 74-year-old resident on a city sidewalk on Monday night (Jan. 28).
Shortly before 6 p.m. RCMP officers responded to a report of a fight in progress in the neighbourhood of 4th St N and 17th Ave. Upon arriving, police determined that the fight turned out to be a 74-year-old man being assaulted by a male suspected to be in his 30s. The assailant fled on foot before police arrived. The RCMP has determined that the victim had been walking along 4th Street North headed towards Victoria Avenue.
Police report the victim first noted the suspect behind him, walking at a faster pace. The suspect caught up to the victim and introduced himself as “Gordon” or a similar name. The assailant then punched the victim in the face and continued to punch and kick him in the head and face. The assailant threatened to throw the victim into nearby Joseph Creek.
During the assault, three vehicles drove by with the victim trying to flag the drivers down for help but they didn’t stop. While being assaulted, the victim was successful in getting the attention of a homeowner who phoned police.
The victim was dragged away from a nearby house where the assailant rifled through his pockets in an attempt to rob him of his possessions.
The victim sustained injuries to his facial area and body as a result of the attack. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male approximately 6 feet tall with short brown hair, slim but muscular build and brown short hair. The assailant was unshaven (had stubble), and was wearing a black jacket and possibly a ball cap.
The police are asking for the public’s help in solving this cowardly attack and ask for anyone who may have witnesses this assault or have information on this offence, to call their local police.
The Cranbrook RCMP would like to remind people to remain vigilant when walking alone and to travel on well lit and well used streets. It is also a good idea to walk with a friend. If anyone has any additional information about this or any other crime they can call the Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471 or East Kootenay Crimestoppers (1-800-222-TIPS). You can also Google Cranbrook Crimestoppers and leave a webtip.