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Updated: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:19:56 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Woman, 67, dies after random beating on Montreal street

Woman, 67, dies after random beating on Montreal street

A 38-year-old Montreal man is in custody after a fatal attack on a woman on a city street early Monday morning.

Police said the incident started when a man was kicked out of a bar near the intersection of Ste-Catherine Street and St-Laurent Boulevard for being too aggressive.

Const. Daniel Lacoursière said the man tried to hit several pedestrians and vehicles on St-Laurent before targeting a 67-year-old woman who was crossing the street.

"According to witnesses, it seems that the suspect hit her [first] in the upper body," he said. "The woman fell to the ground. He continued to hit the woman, particularly in the head."

Witnesses intervened to stop the attack, which police said appeared to be random.

Officers arrived a short time later and arrested the man. He was still being questioned later Monday.

The woman was taken to hospital, where she died just after 4 a.m. ET.

Lacoursière said the suspect is known to police. Homicide investigators were on scene, and the intersection was expected to remain closed until at least noon.

Investigators are looking for witnesses who may have seen the suspect earlier in the evening or who saw the attack happen. They are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area to see if the incident was captured on video.

"Certain pedestrians were also victims — were threatened or hit by the suspect," said Lacoursière. "Investigators want to speak to those people to know what they saw."

Police said the suspect could appear in court Monday afternoon or Tuesday.

It was the 16th homicide in the Montreal police jurisdiction in 2013.

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