05/27/2016 07:58 EDT | Updated 05/28/2017 01:12 EDT

Elderly women kicked, punched, in separate random attacks in Vancouver: police

Vancouver police believe a single suspect could be responsible for two random attacks on elderly women.

Const. Brian Montague says in a news release that both victims were assaulted Thursday within hours of each other on Vancouver's west side.

An 84-year-old woman suffered a broke elbow and remains in hospital after being kicked to the ground while sitting on her walker just before noon.

It happened just a few blocks from Vancouver General Hospital.

The second attack happened about two hours later and a few blocks west, near Broadway and Granville Street.

In that case, police say a 70-year-old woman in a wheelchair was punched once in the face but did not require medical attention.

Police say a suspect in his 20s, five feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build and full beard, walked away from the first attack.

Police say witnesses to the second assault could not provide a description, but investigators believe the same man could be linked to both assaults.