Ottawa police have released security video of a man running up behind a woman in what they say was an unprovoked attack that ended with the man hitting her on the head with an object and then running away.
The incident happened as the woman walked on Bayview Road, police say.
Ottawa Police Const. Chuck Benoit told Metro News Thursday that his force is concerned about the unknown man being on the loose, as the video shows just how dangerous he can be.
“The video shows a little bit of the demeanor of the person we are looking for,” said Benoit.
“It’s a concern due to the fact that this is an unprovoked attack by an unknown male.”
Benoit said police are hoping someone from the public will be able to recognize the attacker and said that they are doing everything they can to solve the case as quickly as possible.
The Oct. 22 incident happened around 2 p.m. as the 24-year-old woman walked near the roundabout at Burnside Avenue. She was struck in the head with an object, which caused her to fall to the ground. The man, who was a stranger to the woman, was last seen walking south on Bayview Road.
Paramedics took the woman too hospital for treatment for minor injuries, police say.
The incident is reminiscent of a string of three attacks that happened in 2010 and 2011 in Hintonburg in which women were hit in the head. In one case a woman was hit with a hammer and needed stitches.
“We thought of that too when we heard about it,” said Ottawa police spokesman Const. Marc Soucy. “There’s no information to say that the incidents are linked, but investigators are looking at all possibilities.”
Police say the suspect is described as a man with light brown skin complexion, 30-40 years old, 5’6″ (168cm), with a “thin to medium build.” He was wearing a black jacket— possibly leather — and a greenish baseball cap and black sneakers.
The victim thought she saw two women walking in the area at the time who may have seen the male suspect, police say.
Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to contact Investigators at 613-236-1222, ext. 5166 or phone Crime Stoppers Phone Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477(TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.