Vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents tar­geted in as­saults, though the rate is stag­nant from 2016

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

In­ci­dents of as­sault of­ten hap­pen in pub­lic places, and tar­gets are some­times vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents, such as se­niors.

Ear­lier this year, a 73-year-old fe­male vic­tim was walk­ing her dog near Ma­jor Macken­zie Drive and Duf­ferin Street when she was ap­proached by a male sus­pect who struck the dog, and the vic­tim was pushed to the ground. The vic­tim re­ported to po­lice that she had seen the sus­pect in the park in the days prior to the in­ci­dent but did not know who he was.

One of the mea­sures Rom Koubi and the Pre­serve Thorn­hill Woods As­so­ci­a­tion put in place to pre­vent this type of in­ci­dent is light­ing in parks.

“Two years ago, San­dra Ye­ung Racco [the lo­cal coun­cil­lor] and I worked hard on all the parks that we have in Thorn­hill to light them, il­lu­mi­nate them and make sure they are ob­struc­tion-free so they are al­ways vis­i­ble from the road,” he said.

An­other in­ci­dent in­volv­ing an el­derly cou­ple was the re­sult of road rage. A male sus­pect parked his car in front of a 70-year-old male vic­tim’s car at Yonge Street and King Road in Rich­mond Hill. The sus­pect then smashed the vic­tim’s driver’s side win­dow with a ham­mer. The vic­tim’s 100-yearold mother was also in the car and both vic­tims re­ceived med­i­cal treat­ment for in­juries.

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