Woman charged after 89-year-old allegedly assaulted in Vancouver's Chinatown

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      Vancouver police say they made a "quick arrest" after a senior was allegedly assaulted in one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods.

      An 89-year-old man was walking in Chinatown on Saturday (August 13) morning when he was allegedly knocked to the ground by a woman.

      It occurred around 10:45 a.m. near Main and Keefer streets, according to a VPD news release.

      The man suffered cuts and scrapes.

      Police arrested a 58-year-old woman, Patricia MacDonald, who's been charged with assault.

      "Vancouver Police have increased patrols in Chinatown in response to community concerns about rising violence, hate incidents, graffiti, and street disorder spilling over from the Downtown Eastside," the VPD news release stated. "Officers were patrolling the area at the time of the attack, and quickly responded to help the injured senior and arrest the suspect. Investigators believe the assault was unprovoked."

      The VPD news release stated that MacDonald has been "released from custody by the courts".

      This news comes a day after the VPD stated that another man had been charged with assault in connection with an attack on a 64-year-old Chinatown security guard.


      The charges against MacDonald and Kevin Aaron Hibbard, 44, have not been proven in court.