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Vancouver police arrest suspect in attacks on elderly women

Police say mental health is believed to be a factor in the attacks.

Police tape marks the scene of an incident.

Jennifer Gauthier/Metro file

Police tape marks the scene of an incident.

A 33-year-old man believed to be responsible for allegedly kicking and punching two elderly women in separate, random attacks last week has been arrested, say Vancouver police.

Although mental health is believed to be a factor in the attacks, Const. Brian Montague, spokesman for Vancouver police, said investigators will still be recommending charges.

"Unfortunately sometimes it is only through the criminal system that someone can get the medical help they needed," he said in an email. 

On May 26, an 84-year-old woman was sitting on her walker on West Broadway near Ash Street.

While waiting for her ride, a man approached, allegedy kicked her off her seat and walked away, according to police.

The victim was taken to hospital with a broken elbow, police said.

Police said the second assault happened about two hours later near Broadway and Granville Street.

A 70-year-old woman in a wheelchair was out for a walk with her daughter when she was approached by a man by the same description who allegedly punched her once in the face and walked off, police said.

She suffered minor injuries and did not require medical attention.

Police said the suspect was arrested charges following another assault downtown. He remains in custody.

Investigators are continuing to gather evidence and determine any links to other possible attacks, police said.

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