Surrey RCMP are investigating after receiving reports that a man assaulted a teenage girl as she was walking in a park on Thursday morning.
Police said the incident took place at 7:35 am in Alderwood Park, located in the 1700 block of Lilac Drive.
The girl, 16, told police that she had been followed by the man before he grabbed her. However, she managed to escape before running to a nearby school to report the incident.
And while police were “immediately” dispatched to the area, no suspect was found.
The suspect is described as as a Caucasian male, 30 to 40 years old, fair complexion, short black hair, clean cut looking, and wearing a black hoody and gloves.
Now, Surrey RCMP’s Special Victim Unit is leading this investigation with the assistance from the Youth Unit. Officers are in the area canvassing the neighbourhood for any potential witnesses or surveillance video as well.
“Thankfully the victim is physically uninjured however she is understandably upset by the incident,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “If you saw anything suspicious this morning investigators would like to hear from you right away.”
Schumann added that police are aware of a similar incident in the area that occurred in September of this year. Officers are comparing these two incidents to determine if there are any connections.