DISCLAIMER: This story features a disturbing video
Vancouver Police are trying to find each an alleged arsonist and the goal sufferer of a disturbing crime within the downtown space final month, and are calling on all witnesses to come back ahead.
Police launched surveillance footage of a person setting the blankets of a homeless lady on hearth on Tuesday as she slept on a sidewalk in downtown Hamilton Avenue close to the Queen Elizabeth Theater, round four a.m. on December 13, 2020.
The video exhibits an unknown man strolling in direction of the girl, pacing, then setting her issues on hearth earlier than strolling away. The fireplace will be seen burning for a number of minutes, then spreading via the sufferer's belongings earlier than burning her jacket and the blankets that saved her heat.
The sufferer has not reported the incident to the police and has not but been situated. She is described as white and in her thirties with darkish shoulder size hair. On the time of the incident, she was sporting a full-length grey button-down jacket.
"It was a stunning assault that focused a susceptible member of our group, and we hope the general public will help resolve this crime," Sgt. Steve Addison mentioned in a press release.
Fortuitously, the sufferer wakened simply in time to place out the fireplace and escape severe bodily accidents. A number of extra seconds and it may have been tragic. "
The suspect is described as white, between the ages of 35 and 50, and between 5 toes 5 inches and 5 toes 10 inches tall. He was sporting a singular black and white Oakland Raiders jacket on the time of the crime.
Anybody with data is requested to contact investigators at 604-717-2541 or to stay nameless can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-669-847.
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