Matthew Christopher Hamm charged with sexual assault with a weapon

MATTHEW Christopher Hamm, 43,  was charged on Thursday with sexual assault with a weapon, break and enter, unlawful confinement and uttering threats in relation to an alleged break-and-enter and sexual assault on May 21. He remains in custody awaiting his next court appearance.

On May 21 at approximately 6:40 a.m., Surrey RCMP were called to the 12900-block of 101A Avenue for a report of a break-and-enter at a residence. Frontline officers spoke with the adult female resident, who reported that she had been sexually assaulted by an unknown male suspect. The female victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

On May 22 at approximately 10:20 a.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of a possible sighting of the suspect in the 9600-block of 120 Street. Frontline officers attended the area, located and arrested the suspect without incident.

“This was a very serious and traumatic incident that impacted the feeling of safety and security in our community,” said Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer, Cpl. Vanessa Munn, on Friday. “Our investigators were greatly assisted by tips from the public, which ultimately lead officers directly to the suspect, who will now be brought before the courts.”