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Police looking for witnesses to daytime assault near art gallery

Detectives believe assault took place at around 1 p.m on May 12 — at same time and location where elderly woman says she was attacked in her wheelchair
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File photo. Donna Hopper/SooToday

Sault police are looking for witnesses to a downtown assault that occurred near the Art Gallery of Algoma earlier this month. 

Police are not releasing any details about the incident, other than the fact they believe it occurred on East Street, near the gallery, on May 12 at approximately 1 p.m.

But as SooToday reported last week, an elderly woman in a wheelchair says she was attacked at the same time and location by an unknown woman who spat in her face, jumped on her chest and ripped out the controls of her wheelchair.  

“I was bawling and screaming for help,” Victorial Berlinguette said in an interview.

Lincoln Louttit, a spokesman for the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, said he could not confirm whether that attack is the same incident now under investigation. “We cannot provide information about the identity of the victim,” he said in an email to SooToday.

Anyone who was in the area at that time, or has any information about the assault, is urged to contact Detective Constable Darren Sagle at 705-949-6300, ext. 340.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers by phone at 705-942-7867 or 1-800-222-8477, or online.

The May 12 attack happened at the same time as significant police resources were deployed to St. Kateri Outdoor Learning Centre in search of 11-year-old Ruby Kerr. 

After the attack, two students from St. Mary’s College helped wheel Berlinguette back to her apartment.