Vancouver police investigate fatal assault in Grandview Park and gropings in Champlain Heights

Homicide victim Gilles Herbert, 60, died in hospital from his injuries, according to the VPD

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      Police are seeking the public's help after a man died following an assault in broad daylight in Grandview Park.

      Gilles Herbert, 60, was left unconscious after the attack around 1:30 p.m. on August 5, according to Vancouver police.

      He died from his injuries in hospital. The park is at 1657 Charles Street and is on the west side of Commercial Drive.

      “Investigators believe a number of people may have been walking or driving by at the time this happened and may have not realized the severity of the assault,” Const. Tania Visintin said in a VPD news release. “We need anyone with information to come forward.”

      It's the 12th homicide of the year in Vancouver. 

      Anyone with information is asked to call VPD’s Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

      Meanwhile, police are also investigating a "string of gropings" in the Champlain Heights neighbourhood in southeast Vancouver.

      Visintin said in a separate news release that there have been four incidents between April 9 and August 1.

      They occurred off Kerr Street between East 51st and East 55th avenues.

      The suspect has been reported to be between 17 and 30 years old and wearing sweatpants and a hooded sweater.

      “We don’t want to instill fear, but rather we want the public to be aware of patterns we are noticing and to be vigilant,” Visintin said.