Do you recognize this man? TransLink’s Transit Police is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in an alleged sexual assault incident on SkyTrain.
According to police, the incident occurred on an evening this past summer on August 12, 2015. At 9:20 p.m., the female victim boarded a westbound Expo Line train at Commercial-Broadway Station and sat next to a window seat.
“She felt something touching her breast and looked down to see the hand of a man seated behind her, fondling her,” reads a statement by police. “She immediately stood up and confronted the man who denied anything and moved to the doorway of the train.”
“As the train arrived at Stadium Station, the woman grabbed the man’s hand and pulled him off the train onto the platform. He broke free and was last seen running out of the station onto Pacific Boulevard.”
The male suspect is described by police as Indo-Canadian, in his 20s, 5’8″ in height, thin build, and with medium-length curly black hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a red t-shirt with white letters, plaid shorts, and sandals.
“We commend the victim of this assault for the actions she took,” the statement continued. “Sexual offences on the transit system are a priority for the Transit Police. We are committed to taking all incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment very seriously and investigating thoroughly.”
Police say they are now asking for the public’s help as the investigation over the last three months has produced no leads. Anyone who may have information of the suspect’s identity is asked to contact Transit Police at 604-515-8300 or Text 87-77-77.
To discretely report a non-emergency incident on Metro Vancouver’s public transit system, you can text message Transit Police dispatch at 87-77-77 or download the Transit Police OnDuty App for both iOS and Android. All messages are received by dispatchers around the clock.