Woman brutally beaten in case of mistaken identity

In a highly unusual move, York Regional Police have released graphic images of a woman who was brutally beaten during a home invasion robbery in Vaughan in hopes of finding the suspects.

Police believe the suspects had the wrong house. “The level of brutality displayed by these suspects is appalling,” Chief Eric Jolliffe says. “The victim remained in hospital recovering from her very serious injuries for more than a week after the incident.”

On Wednesday, Dec. 11 shortly before 1:30 p.m., police were called to a home on Glenbury Drive near Centre Street and New Westminster Drive. The 59-year-old victim had been alone in her home and answered the door when she heard a knock. Two suspects forced their way inside and began hitting her in the head and face with a handgun.

The victim was forced into a bathroom while the suspects searched the home and called police once they fled the area. She suffered two broken orbital bones, a broken nose, broken jaw, sprained thumb, broken ankle and concussion. “Her family is understandably shocked and devastated, as any of us would be. We need the community’s help,” says Jolliffe. “We are urging anyone with information to please come forward.”

The first suspect is described as a black man, six feet, one inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing black clothing and carrying a black pistol. The second suspect is described as a black woman with a light complexion. She has wavy black hair that was pulled back and was wearing a black coat.

Anyone who lives in the area or was driving in the area at the time of the attack is urged to review video surveillance and dashcam footage for anything that may help investigators. Call the Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6630 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Or, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

York Regional Police released graphic images of a women brutally beaten in a home invasion robbery.

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