Fake Uber driver charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement: VPD

Oct 29 2020, 6:42 pm

A 24-year-old man who allegedly posed as an Uber driver has been charged with sexual assault.

Now, police believe that there may be more victims and are asking them to come forward.

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) says that on October 22, Hirdeypal Batth was charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement.

In late August, the suspect allegedly forcibly confined a victim and sexually assaulted her near Oak Street and King Edward Avenue.

“It is believed that Batth had posed as the victim’s Uber driver with his white 2020 Land Rover.”

Batth, a Langley resident, was also convicted of sexually assaulting a victim in 2017, with “similarities to the current investigation.”

Police are now asking for anyone with information to help the investigation.

“We believe that Batth may have targeted other victims,” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD in an emailed statement. “Investigators are expanding their focus to look at crimes that occurred outside of Vancouver and are urging any other victims to please come forward.”

The suspect remains in custody until his next court appearance.

Anyone with information can contact investigators at 604-717-0601 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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