A 38-year-old man was charged following a Vancouver Police investigation into two separate assaults on Monday.
“These two attacks were completely random,” said Constable Tania Visintin on Tuesday. “Despite enduring such a traumatic and frightening experience, the two female victims did not suffer serious physical injuries.”
In the first incident, the female victim was walking to a bus stop near West Georgia and Gilford streets on November 30 at 6:30 a.m. when a man allegedly approached her and sexually assaulted her. The 27-year-old woman fought the man off and ran to a place of safety and called police.
Moments after the first incident, a 65-year-old woman was walking to the same bus stop when the same man attempted to physically assault her. The woman boarded a bus, as did the suspect, and he continued assaulting her.
“We want to commend both of these woman for their bravery. It takes a strong person to remain calm and focused during such a high time of stress,” said Visintin.
Kelly Brian Stewart was arrested immediately following the incidents. The BC Prosecution Service has charged Stewart with sexual assault and assault causing bodily harm.
Stewart will remain in custody until his next court appearance.