Police lay charges following sexual assault of a realtor during open house

Oct 31 2019, 12:24 pm

The Calgary Police Service has laid charges related to a sexual assault incident from the summer.

A release from CPS stated that a realtor was sexually assaulted by a man during an open house event on the 800 block of McKenzie Drive SE on June 22.

Police received a description of a male suspect but were unable to locate him after a search of the area.

The man, described in the initial release as being of “either Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, with a salt and pepper beard, a medium build, and short, brown hair,” had allegedly entered the house while speaking to the realtor, grabbed her, and touched her sexually without consent.

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The 800 block of McKenzie Drive SE (Google Maps)

The woman then moved away from the man and convinced him to leave. When he returned later, the realtor had to lock the doors and call for help. This eventually made the man leave again, though the release states that he returned a third time.

A four-month-long investigation followed, and CPS announced in a new release on Thursday morning that they had arrested and charged a man on Tuesday in relation to the July incident.

The release states that 39-year-old Parthasarthi Ramakrishnan of Calgary is facing one count of sexual assault following numerous tips through Crime Stoppers and the review of CCTV footage of the area.

“This evidence played a key role in leading police to identify, arrest, and charge the suspect.” the release states.

CPS also noted that anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault can report it to police by calling 403-266-1234 or 911 if they are in immediate danger.

There is no time limit for how long a victim has to report a sexual assault.