Vancouver Police are issuing a public warning after two people have been randomly attacked – leaving one dead – in Stanley Park in recent months.
“While there is no evidence to directly link these two serious incidents, we cannot confirm the events are not related,” said VPD Cons. Jason Doucette in a press release.
The first person to be attacked, an 82-year-old man remains in hospital suffering from serious, traumatic injuries from an attack that took place just after 2 a.m. on Nov. 16, police say.
A citizen driving past the north parking lot of Brockton Oval in Stanley Park spotted the man alone in his car in apparent distress.
Detectives from the VPD’s major crime section have been investigating this incident for the past three months, and have not yet been able to identify a suspect or a motive. The attack appears to be random.
On Friday, Feb. 1, 61-year-old Lubo Kunik was walking by himself on the seawall in Stanley Park when he was attacked and killed.
He was found by a man walking his dog on the seawall between Second and Third Beach, who called police.
Detectives from the VPD’s homicide unit have not yet identified a suspect, or a motive.This attack also appears to be random.
The person-of-interest that was identified and questioned on the night of the homicide has been released. The investigation remains very active.
“In the absence of suspect information and motive, we feel it’s necessary to issue a public warning to alert people who may be in Stanley Park at night to use extra caution,” Doucette said.
Police are telling Stanley Park visitors who do so at night to not do so alone, and report suspicious behaviour to 9-1-1 immediately.