2013-25333 & 18545
2013-08-24 17:53 PDT
Langley RCMP Serious Crime Unit has assumed conduct of the investigation of a sexual assault that took place near Douglas Park on August 20th.
Investigators believe the recent attack may be related to a similar occurrence earlier this year. On June 22nd a 16 year old girl was waiting for a bus at the intersection of 42 Avenue and 204 Street. The suspect pulled up in a vehicle beside her and ordered her to get in. She was terrified and did as he said. Once inside the vehicle, he produced a large knife.
He drove her to a church parking lot in the 21200 block of 56 Avenue where she was sexually assaulted. He then drove her to the Langley bus loop at Logan and Glover and released her without further incident. He was driving a small, newer model, silver hatchback.
The more recent incident involved a 19 year old female who was walking near Douglas Park (20600 block of 51B Avenue). This victim was attacked from behind, pushed to the ground, and sexually assaulted. During the attack the suspect produced a knife and told her not to scream. He then took then her purse and iPod before fleeing on a bicycle. Of specific note, the suspect wore what appeared to be swimming goggles during the attack.
The victim in this recent occurrence has worked with a sketch artist and a composite has been rendered. The similarities in both appearance of the suspect and circumstances to the June attacker are immediately evident causing investigators to suspect the two events are linked. Over 100 tips were received in relation to the June attack and investigators are still working their way through the information.
self-defense.However, true self-defense begins long before any actual physical contact. The first, and probably most important, component in self-defense is awareness: awareness of yourself, your surroundings, and a potential attacker’s likely strategies.
force presence,many altercations which are commonplace on the street can be avoided.
Gut instinct.Your intuition is a powerful subconscious insight into situations and people. All of us, especially women, have this gift, but very few of us pay attention to it. Avoid a person or a situation which does not
feelsafe–you’re probably right.
Cpl. Holly MarksMedia Relations Officer