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Cemetery turns crime scene after woman attacked

TORONTO - An east-end Toronto cemetery has become a crime scene after a 61-year-old woman was beaten and sexually assaulted while visiting a family gravesite.

TORONTO - An east-end Toronto cemetery has become a crime scene after a 61-year-old woman was beaten and sexually assaulted while visiting a family gravesite.

Toronto police Const. Isabelle Cotton said a man dragged the woman off the paved path and attacked her Monday evening in the Pine Hills Cemetery.

The woman lost consciousness for a while but later came to and managed to make it to a cemetery building where police were called.

Cotton said the woman was "seriously injured" and admitted to hospital but had no further details.

"I don't have any confirmation on what kind of injuries she suffered," Cotton said Tuesday.

Police are looking for a white man about 30-40 years of age, 5-foot-6, with a skinny build, clean shaven and with his hair tied in a ponytail.

Officers were still at the scene on Tuesday.

"Part of the cemetery is a crime scene," Cotton said. "We are searching the area for any kind of evidence."

The cemetery was the scene of another attack last September when a 71-year-old homeless man was severely beaten.

Donald Constantine Jackson died of his injuries days later in hospital.

A 26-year-old Toronto man and a 14-year-old girl were charged with first-degree murder in Jackson's death.

 
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