10/26/2014 03:09 EDT | Updated 12/26/2014 05:59 EST

Vancouver Woman Stabbed During Violent Sex Assault: Police

Vancouver Police Department

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police are looking for a suspect after a woman was dragged into a car, stabbed and sexually assaulted, leaving her with injuries that required hospitalization.

UPDATE - Oct. 27: The male suspect is believed to be in his mid- to late-40s, Middle Eastern, approximately 6’-6’2” tall, and 250 lbs. with a heavy build, according to a Vancouver police news release.

"He has an olive skin tone, spoke with an accent, and was balding with a short shaved black fringe of hair around the sides and back of his head," states the release. Police are looking for an older model, dark bluish-green minivan with a sliding door on the passenger side and dark tinted windows.

Police said the 35-year-old victim was attacked Saturday night around midnight in the city's east side.

The woman was walking along a street when she was approached by a man in a vehicle. Police said the man dragged her inside, assaulted her and drove her to another area, where he stabbed and sexually assaulted her.

Const. Brian Montague said the woman was able to fend off the attacker. She was spotted by passing motorists when she stumbled into traffic, he said.

"She's obviously shaken. She's being very co-operative with us but it's obviously a very upsetting time," Montague said Sunday.

"Her injuries are significant."

The woman was still in hospital as of early Sunday afternoon.

Police said it appears the woman was targeted because the assailant believed she was a sex-trade worker.


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