Surrey RCMP have issued a warning to the public, saying there may be other victims, after five incidents of alleged sexual assault have now been reported at two different locations of the same beauty business in Surrey.
According to police, the incidents took place between 2016 and 2018 at the Iris Day Spas, located at 1620 152 Street and at 10160 152 Street in Surrey.
“The victims in these incidents were customers at the spa and were allegedly sexually assaulted by an employee while receiving massages,” said Surrey RCMP.
On Friday, police said that during the course of this investigation, a suspect was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault in relation to two incidents that occurred in December of 2017.
Now 58-year-old Rongxian Li is scheduled to appear in court next Thursday, April 19.
“The investigation into the 2016 incident and two incidents in 2018 is still ongoing,” said police. “While officers have identified a suspect in the 2016 incident, only one of the two suspects in the 2018 incidents has been identified.”
They noted that none of the suspects are currently employed at the business in question
Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit is investigating and officers said they believe there may be other victims who have not yet come forward.
“Reporting a sexual assault to police can be a very difficult thing to do, as it is a very personal event,” said Surrey RCMP Sgt. Chad Greig. “Our Special Victims Unit takes sexual assault allegations very seriously and works closely with our Victim Services to ensure emotional support is provided throughout the investigation and court processes.”
Anyone who may have more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.
Those who want to leave an anonymous tip can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave a tip online at solvecrime.ca.