The attack, which was investigated as a murder attempt, took place in November in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. This week, the police released the video footage of the suspect at the victim's door in the hope that the person would be identified.
Emergency services that respond to a Mississauga residence on November 7, saw a 44-year-old woman suffering life-threatening injuries and being taken to a hospital, police said in a news release Monday.
Investigators said the victim responded to his door and identified someone holding a big box. After a brief conversation, the suspect took the girl to the chest with a bow hidden in the box. The suspect fled to a dark-colored pickup truck, according to authorities.
Investigators believe that attacks are discussed and isolated. The comments made by the victim at his door also indicate that the attack was targeted, Division Superintendent Heather Ramore told a news conference on Monday.
"The victim suffered a great trauma that both threatens life and changes in life," says Ramore. "The attack was meant to end the victim's life."
It is possible for the suspect to take the attack on someone else's request, Ramore said.
The weapon used in the attack, Ramore said, "is commonly used by hunters to kill big games, such as moose and deer."
The suspect's right hand is in the box and investigators believe that the arm was used to trigger the bow and fire, said Peel Regional Police Detective Sergeant Jim Kettles.
The victim was alone at home, but managed to close the door and call 91
The woman spent several months in the hospital and would be "part of the recovery for the rest of her life," Kettles said.
In video surveillance, the suspect's face was not covered, but the man was wearing a hat and possibly another head covering, as well as a glove. Kettles said that the hat and footwear of the suspect were significant and could also help provide clues that led to his identity.