Arrest and charges in Surrey sexual assaults, appeal to other possible victims and witnesses


SURREY RCMP arrested James Henry Reddemann, 35, of no fixed address last Sunday, following two recent sexual assaults of sex trade workers that police had advised the public about on October 20. He is also facing charges for an assault of a third victim. Surrey RCMP are now looking to identify other potential victims who are currently unknown to investigators.

The Surrey RCMP’s General Investigation Unit arrested Reddemann with the help of information provided by the public. He was formally charged on Tuesday with sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, assault (two counts), attempting to choke to overcome resistance (three counts), and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm (two counts). He has been remanded in custody and will be appearing in Surrey Provincial Court on November 5.

In the two recent assaults, a lone male led the victims on foot to secluded areas where they were sexually and physically assaulted.

On October 12, a patrol officer was flagged down by a distraught female in the area of 144 Street and 64 Avenue. The female stated she had been assaulted by a male she had met nearby on King George Boulevard. The victim was able to escape her attacker and signal for help. Police conducted an extensive canvass of the area with assistance from Police Dog Services but were unable to locate the suspect.

On October 18, another sex trade worker came forward with a similar experience that had happened to her approximately one month prior with a similar suspect description.

Through the proactive work by investigators with the targeted victim group, police believe there may be further victims and witnesses who have yet to come forward. The Surrey RCMP are requesting their assistance to further this criminal investigation.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous. Reference file number 2014-148360 when contacting police.