Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Police said the man was slapped in the face by a stranger just after 5 a.m. on Sept. 18 near Davie and Howe Streets.

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Vancouver police are investigating after a 52-year-old man had his jaw broken in a random assault in the West End of Vancouver.

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Police said the man was going to work near Davie and Howe Streets just after 5 a.m. on Sept. 18 when he was punched in the face by a stranger walking in the opposite direction.

The force of the shock left the man disoriented and unable to stand. He was driven to the hospital by a taxi and was operated on for a broken jaw, Const said. Tania Visintin. “The preliminary evidence indicates that this incident was completely coincidental and left the victim with serious facial injuries,” she said.

Police do not know what motivated the assault, but do not rule it out as a hate crime.

The suspect is described as a 10 meter tall man with a husky build and broad shoulders. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a dark hoodie with a dark jacket, blue jeans and a dark mask.

Because the victim was in the hospital, police were only notified of the incident a few days after it happened, Visintin said. Police are now appealing for witnesses who may have seen the assault to contact Vancouver Police at 604-717-2541.

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