Surrey man charged with sex offences in Downtown Eastside

A Surrey man is facing 12 charges in connection with a number of crimes alleged to have occurred between 1994 and 2011. Shalendra Kumar Sharma, 43 was charged with four counts of sexual assault, four counts of unlawful confinement and one count of kidnapping. Sharma is being held in custody was due back in court on Friday.

The RCMP has released a list of vehicles associated to Sharma from 1994 to the present. These include a 2007 red Ford Escape, a 2003 blue Ford Explorer, a 1997 red Ford Explorer and a 1991 red Pontiac Sunbird. The Burnaby RCMP is reviewing other files with the Vancouver Police and is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Burnaby RCMP said an alleged sexual assault and robbery on Dec. 4 of a woman who was taken to Burnaby from the downtown eastside could be linked to a second assault in Burnaby on Dec. 18 was linked to this one.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477).