Surrey RCMP investigating two incidents of pedestrians being groped
SURREY RCMP are investigating two separate incidents of sexual assault that occurred during the last three weeks and is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects.
On December 22, at 12:40 a.m., a woman was walking near 120A Street and 92A Avenue. She was wearing headphones when she was grabbed from behind and groped by a male. The male fled on foot after hearing police sirens in the distance. The suspect is described as being in his 20’s, 5’10”, with a medium build. He was wearing all black clothing at the time of the incident.
On January 7, at 2:20 a.m., another woman was walking near 72nd Avenue and 196th Street when a male suspect groped her from behind and tried to take her to the ground. The victim fought the male off who eventually fled on foot. This suspect is only described as wearing a dark blue coat and black pants.
Surrey RCMP’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) is leading these two investigations. SVU is a team of specialized officers that focus on sex-related crimes.
“Thankfully neither victim was physically injured during these attacks,” said Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “Investigators at this time have not found any links between the two incidents. We are reminded of the need for all pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially late at night when walking alone.”
Surrey RCMP encourages pedestrians to follow these simple steps to reduce the likelihood of being victimized:
- Walk with confidence. Keep your head up and know where you are going.
- Limit distractions. Store mobile phones and other valuables out of sight and remove your headphones.
- Call a friend. Let someone know where you are going.
- Stay visible. Stick to well-lit areas and don’t wear dark clothing at night.
- Keys ready. Have your car or house keys ready before you reach the door.
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