Police also examining five other incidents
The circumstances of each incident:
* At approximately 1 a.m. on April 24, 2018, a woman was sexually assaulted as she walked in the area of 84th Avenue and King George Boulevard. The woman was grabbed by the arm and groped by a male suspect who was passing in the opposite direction. The suspect fled when the woman screamed.
* At approximately 5:16 a.m. on May 20, a woman was walking in the area of 144th Street and 76th Avenue when she was grabbed by the arm and groped by a male suspect who was passing in the opposite direction. The woman fought back and the suspect fled.
* At approximately 4:45 a.m. on May 21, a woman was walking east on 72nd Avenue at 134th Street when she was grabbed from behind and sexually assaulted by an unknown male. The woman broke free from the male and he fled on foot west on 72nd Avenue.
The Surrey RCMP’s Special Victims Unit has taken conduct of these investigations. This unit is made up of experienced investigators, who specialize in solving sexual offences that are potentially serial in nature or “stranger” related.
Investigators now believe these three sexual assaults may have been committed by one person. The files are linked as possibly being connected due to their geographic location and the identification of a suspect vehicle.
Surrey RCMP said on Friday they are releasing information about the suspect vehicle to the public and asking anyone with information that may help police locate the vehicle or identify the suspect to contact Surrey RCMP or CrimeStoppers.
A new composite sketch is being released in relation to the incident on May 21.
A composite sketch of the suspect which was released to the public on May 18 is also being re-distributed. (See composite sketches)
The suspect is described as a South Asian male, approximately 5’10” tall, with a medium build and dark hair. He may or may not have facial hair at this time.
“Sexual assaults are disturbing crimes and can generate apprehension in the community. On behalf of the Surrey RCMP I want to assure you that we are committed to public safety and locating the person responsible for these incidents,” says Surrey RCMP Staff Sergeant Major Beth McAndie, Acting Senior Investigator, Major Crimes.
Police officers are actively searching for this vehicle and for this suspect. They are conducting patrols both overtly and covertly and will continue to do so until this suspect is located.
“Sometimes we see a series of incidents such as this after a person has gone through a personal crisis,” says McAndie. “If this is the case, we encourage you to come forward to speak to us.
“The information we have released to the public about these incidents is not intended to raise fear, but to raise awareness about this investigation. We want community members to know that we are looking for a man who has violated women in Surrey, and we are asking for your help to locate him and the suspect vehicle.”
Surrey RCMP is providing personal safety tips to the community:
* Keep your head up, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
* Walk with others when possible
* Plan your route to avoid isolated areas
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or go to www.solvecrime.ca.