Transit Police seek public’s help in identifying sexual assault suspect

METRO Vancouver Transit Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an alleged Sexual Assault.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on January 1, a 21-year-old woman and two friends headed home after a night of celebrations in Vancouver. The three females boarded a Millennium Line SkyTrain at the Broadway and Commercial SkyTrain station. The suspect, a Middle Eastern male in his 20’s, in the company of two friends, boarded the same train car as the women. During the SkyTrain ride, the three men attempted to converse with the women in a manner that made the women feel uncomfortable.
The women ignored the men until one of them commented to the suspect about his choice in hair colour. The suspect immediately stood up and approached her, allegedly grabbed her by the face, and then allegedly licked her lips with his tongue. The victim had to forcefully push the suspect away. The three women moved to the opposite end of the train car until the suspect and his friends got off the train at the Lougheed SkyTrain Station.
The suspect is described as a Middle Eastern male, 23-24 years old, 5’6” tall, with a thin build and dyed faded blonde hair, and wearing earrings, a blue jean jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect or who witnessed this incident is asked to contact Metro Vancouver Transit Police at 604-515-8300 or text them using code 87 77 77 (ref. file# 2018¬8).
The Metro Vancouver Transit Police say they would like to commend the victim for her bravery and courage to come forward and share her story with them. Sexual assaults are a priority for the Transit Police and every sexual assault will be investigated thoroughly.