AN appeal to the public by Metro Vancouver Transit Police on Wednesday led to the quick arrest of a suspect who allegedly attacked and sexually assaulted a woman at 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station.
On November 27, shortly after 12 a.m., a woman at 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station was approached by a man who blocked her from walking past him multiple times. The suspect allegedly wrapped his arms around the victim, groped her, and forced her to the ground. The victim courageously fought back and pushed the suspect away before he allegedly shoved her down a set of stairs and grabbed her phone. The victim punched the suspect, yelled for help, and retrieved her phone.
The suspect in this incident has been identified as a 20-year-old Vancouver man who is known to police.
The Metro Vancouver Transit Police are recommending charges of sexual assault and robbery. The suspect has been held in custody.
Metro Vancouver Transit Police thanked the media and the public for their assistance with this investigation as they received multiple tips that led to the suspect’s identity and arrest within 24 hours.
Police said that reducing sexual offences and making the transit system an unwelcomed environment for sexual offenders is a top priority for them. They said passengers have the right to safe travel without fear of unwanted, inappropriate touching.
Metro Vancouver Transit Police encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses a sexual offence to text them discreetly at 87.77.77 or call them at 604-515-8300.