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Man hospitalized after stranger assault with 'large wooden stick' at Burnaby park

Police are looking for information after a 55-year-old man was attacked by a stranger in Central Park Wednesday morning.
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A 55-year-old man was attacked by a stranger near the Central Park pool Wednesday.

Police are looking for information about a stranger assault in Burnaby's Central Park that left a 55-year-old man with "significant injuries" to his head and arm.

The man was walking on a trail in an area between the pool and the gazebo at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, when he was assaulted by an unknown man with a "large wooden stick" and told to leave the area, according to a Burnaby RCMP news release Thursday.

The victim remains in hospital, police said.

The incident is under investigation, and Burnaby RCMP want to hear from anyone who might know something about it.

The suspect is described as a 20-year-old Indigenous man with short hair, wearing a white shirt with black printed letters on it and dark pants, according to police.

Burnaby RCMP has stepped up foot and bike patrols in the park and surrounding area since the assault.

"Park users may notice an increased police presence in the area," spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj said in the release. "Although there have not been any recent similar reports in the area, we want the public to be aware of the assault and ask that they are vigilant and report anything suspicious to police as we continue to investigate and search for the suspect."

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