Ottawa man charged in assault of senior citizen

Lethbridge Police have charged an Ottawa man in connection with an incident Wednesday evening where a 75-year-old woman was viciously assaulted in her home.

On May 22, 2019 at approximately 7 p.m. police and EMS responded to a home along the 3000 block of Fairway Street South after receiving a 911 call from neighbours who heard screaming and saw an elderly woman struggling with a male in her garage. Upon arrival responders located a badly beaten woman. She was subsequently rushed to hospital with head and facial injuries.

Investigation determined a male broke into the woman’s home during the early morning hours of May 21, 2019 and spent the night in a basement bedroom while she was asleep upstairs. Over the course of 18 hours the male remained in the woman’s home while she went about her business unaware of his presence. During the evening of May 22, while the woman was watching television she heard a noise and when she went to check on it, she was confronted by a masked male. The male repeatedly punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground then dragged her to the garage and struck her multiple times in the head with a bicycle before fleeing in her vehicle.

At approximately 10:40 p.m. an officer dealing with an unrelated matter in the area of 9 Avenue and 7 Street South observed a vehicle drive by with its headlights turned off. The license plate matched the stolen vehicle and a traffic stop was initiated. The driver and lone occupant was arrested and the stolen vehicle was recovered. In addition, police seized property belonging to the male driver that was left behind at the Fairway Street home.

The victim was treated at Chinook Regional Hospital for a multiple broken bones in her nose and other head injuries and has been released into the care of her family.

The subject is unknown to the victim and has no ties to the City of Lethbridge.

Adam Hall Hobkirk-Onate, 21, of no fixed address Ottawa, is charged with assault causing bodily harm, housebreaking and commit robbery and disguise with intent.

Hobkirk-Onate has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court May 27. |

**Acting Insp. Pete Christos, Criminal Investigation Division, will be available for media interviews Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the police station. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews.**