Police investigate violent assault at a Vancouver park

Police investigate violent assault at a Vancouver park »Play Video
A surveillance camera in the area of Esther Short Park captured the male suspect who police say attacked a man walking through the park.

The Vancouver Police Department is investigating a violent assault that occured in a popular park.

Police say the victim, a 64-year-old man, was walking through Esther Short Park Monday evening when he was approached by a female who asked him for money. He replied that he did not have any money and the female made an ethnic slur and struck him in the head with a skateboard.

As the victim was calling 911, an unknown male approached and began punching the victim in the face and head.

The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Vancouver police spokeswoman, Kim Kapp, told KATU News the assault was particularly alarming since it took place while it was still daylight in a popular park that's used by a lot of people.

A surveillance camera in the area captured images of the male suspect. He was wearing black shorts with a dark shirt that was open in the front and a white or lighter T-shirt underneath. He has a very distinctive "mohawk" haircut, which you can see in the surveillance picture above. He also was wearing a baseball cap that fell off during the fight.

The female suspect was wearing a gray sweatshirt or hoodie, glasses and shorts.

Kapp thinks the attackers may be transients.

Anyone with information on the identity of either suspect is asked to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.