10/27/2014 09:24 EDT | Updated 12/27/2014 05:59 EST

Police release description of violent Vancouver sex-assault suspect

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police have released a description of a suspect in the stabbing and sexual assault of a 35-year-old woman.

Police are describing the suspect in the Saturday night assault as Middle Eastern, in his mid to late 40s, six-feet to six-foot-two inches tall, and weighing about 250 pounds.

He has an olive skin tone, and police say he spoke with an accent and was balding with a short shaved black fringe of hair around the sides and back of his head.

Police say his vehicle is an older model, dark, bluish-green minivan with a sliding door on the passenger's side and dark tinted windows.

Police say the woman was walking along a street in east-side Vancouver just before midnight when she was approached by a man in a vehicle, dragged inside, assaulted, driven to another area, stabbed and then sexually assaulted.

The woman managed to fight off the attacker, but police say she suffered serious injuries.