A 78-old-woman is in hospital being treated for what police describe as life-threatening injuries after she was attacked in her home by two men posing as police officers.
The woman was assaulted around 6 a.m. Sunday inside her house near Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver Police said.
Police believe she allowed her assailants into her home after they knocked on her door and claimed to be police officers. They attacked her inside.
VPD spokesperson Sgt. Steve Addison said police have not been able to interview the victim, and they are not disclosing how the VPD knows the two men were posing as police officers.
He said the woman, who lives alone, likely laid on the floor injured for hours until a friend of the victim asked police to do a well-being check later that morning.
“This was a horrific and deeply disturbing crime that has left a vulnerable senior clinging to life,” Addison said in a news release. “We don’t know yet who did this or why, and until we have more information everyone should be on guard.”
Police say are looking for two men. The first is described as white, six feet tall, with a long brown beard and a medium build. He is believed to be between 30 and 40 years old. The second man may be Indigenous or Hispanic. He is also six feet tall with a heavy build and dark, balding hair. Police believe he is between 30 and 50 years old.
“All VPD officers — whether in uniform or in civilian clothes — carry individualized police badges, ID cards, and have unique personal identification numbers,” said Addison. “If you have any doubt that a person you are dealing with is a police officer, please call the VPD non-emergency line at 604-717-3321 for confirmation.”
Source: VANCOUVER SUN