SURREY RCMP are issuing a warning to sex trade workers after two recent assaults with a similar suspect description. In both incidents, a lone male led the victims on foot to secluded areas where they were sexually and physically assaulted.
On October 12, a patrol officer was flagged down by a distraught female in the area of 144 Street and 64 Avenue. The female stated she had been assaulted by a male she had met nearby on King George Boulevard. The victim was able to escape her attacker and signal for help. Police conducted an extensive canvass of the area with assistance from Police Dog Services but were unable to locate the suspect.
On October 18, another sex trade worker came forward with a similar experience that had happened to her approximately one month prior with a similar suspect description.
While police move forward with additional investigative avenues, the Surrey RCMP is requesting public assistance in identifying the person responsible. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 35 years old, 5’10” tall, 200-230 lbs with balding / shaved hair, and crooked teeth. He may go by the name of “James” or “Jeff”.
The Surrey RCMP continue to be in close contact with those engaged in high risk activities to provide awareness and prevent further offences from occurring. Investigators are concerned that there may be more victims who have yet to speak with police.
Police are urging those who may have been victimized or have knowledge of these offences to contact the General Investigation Unit of the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.