Five men have been charged following a string of sex assaults in Metro Vancouver, some violent in nature, after joint investigations by several police detachments.
The assaults happened in Burnaby, North Vancouver, and on the UBC Endowment Lands from January through April. In all but one of the incidents, the assaults were committed individually.
One of the alleged attackers is a youth.
The assault charges are as follows:
“These men committed violent acts against women in our communities – women who should feel safe to walk, work, and go about their business without being victimized, or being concerned for their safety,” says Superintendent Mike Porteous with the Vancouver Police Department. “As a result of the courage of these women to come forward and tell their story, we have been able to take a number of these violent offenders off the street.”
Police departments in Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver, and UBC worked together to identify the offenders.
The Real-Time Intelligence Centre of BC did intelligence checks on all the suspects, while the RCMP’s Behavioural Sciences Unit analyzed years worth of data to narrow in on the suspects.