A young woman is being commended for coming forward and sharing her story of harassment and attempted sexual assault which resulted in an arrest on Tuesday night by Metro Vancouver Transit Police.
On the afternoon of December 18, a 21-year-old Vancouver woman approached Transit Police officers on patrol at the Marine Drive Canada Line Station and told them that she had allegedly been followed and harassed over the last several months by an unknown male. An investigation was initiated which included surveillance of the Marine Drive Canada Line Station and the adjacent bus loop.
The woman described the behaviour of the suspect which included alleged inappropriate sexual remarks and gestures. He allegedly followed her on the bus and the train, whispered in her ear and, on one occasion, tried to grab her buttocks.
At approximately 9:15 p.m. on December 19, a 64-year-old Vancouver man was arrested by Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers in the bus loop adjacent to the Marine Drive Canada Line Station. He was released on a promise to appear in Vancouver Provincial Court with the condition to have no contact with the victim. Charges of criminal harassment and attempted sexual assault have been recommended.
“We commend this young woman for her bravery and willingness to come forward. Reducing sexual assaults and harassment on our transit system is a priority for Metro Vancouver Transit Police,” said media spokesperson Anne Drennan.
Victims and witnesses are encouraged to report these incidents to Transit Police directly by using the text code, 87 77 77, or calling 604-515-8300.