Elderly woman among three in hospital after assault

VANCOUVER – A man is in custody after a series of assaults in Vancouver this morning sent three women to hospital. One of the victims is an elderly woman who is now fighting for her life.

The woman, who is believed to be in her 70s, was attacked on Columbia near Cordova Street at around 9:30 a.m. Police say she has life-threatening injuries.

A second woman was attacked about 20 minutes later on Pacific Boulevard, by BC Place. Police say she is in hospital, recovering from her injuries.

But a third women who was attacked across the street just a few minutes later is in grave condition.

The VPD Major Crime Section is on the case. They have yet to identify the man they have in custody, but police do not believe he is known to the victims.