A public warning has been issued by the Vancouver Police after a young girl was sexually assaulted in the Vancouver Westside neighbourhood on Tuesday morning.
According to a release issued this afternoon, the incident occurred at approximately 7:45 am when a 12-year-old girl was groped while walking along West King Edward Avenue at Pine Crescent.
When she stopped at the intersection’s southwest corner to use her smartphone, a man ran up to her and quickly groped her before fleeing on Pine Crescent in the southbound direction.
Police describe the man as Caucasian, late 40s to early 50s, with grey stubble on his face. Based on the description, he may have had a noticeable freckle on his cheek by his right eye.
At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a black toque, a t-shirt, tight black yoga-style pants, and a black backpack.
“The VPD have been working to identify this man since receiving the report on February 14,” said VPD Constable Jason Doucette in a statement. “We want to encourage people to watch out for one another and to report any suspicious behaviour to 9-1-1 immediately.”
Anyone who was in the immediate area between 7:40 and 7:50 am on Tuesday or may have information about the incident is asked to contact VPD at 604-717-9218 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous hotline at 1-800-222-8477.