UPDATE: Random home invasion in Saanich leaves elderly man in hospital

An 85-year-old Saanich man sustained serious head injuries, car stolen after home invasion and attack

An 85-year-old Saanich man and his 59-year-old daughter were both injured in a random home invasion Monday night.

Around 10:20 p.m. a man forced his way through the front door of a home in the 3500-block of James Heights, on the west side of the Cedar Hill golf course.

Sgt. Steve Eassie says the intruder – described as being in his late 20s or early 30s – physically assaulted the elderly man and his daughter.

The woman was able to escape to a neighbour’s house to call police.

Both victims were injured in the attack. The 89-year-old man remains hospitalized with serious head injuries.

Eassie says investigators haven’t been able to determine a motive for home invasion, adding “there are no indications that the victims of this crime were involved in any activities that could have led them to be targets of such an attack.”

Police say the victims didn’t know their attacker.

The suspect remains at large. He is described as being a six-foot-tall white male with a heavy build. He was wearing a white T-shirt and dark-coloured pants.

Eassie says a 1999 brown Toyota Camry with B.C. licence plate HWM 644 was stolen from the home.

Police are asking anyone with information on this attack, or if you locate the vehicle, to call investigators at 250-475-4356 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

kslavin@saanichnews.com