RCMP in Maple Ridge say they have now arrested a man after two women were allegedly assaulted in the Metro Vancouver municipality recently.
According to police, the investigation began on the morning of Tuesday, May 29.
Around 10:30 am, a 40-year-old Maple Ridge woman reported that she was walking in the 11900 block of 224 street when an unknown man allegedly punched her in the eye.
Three hours later, around 1:30 pm, police received a call from a 17-year-old female who reported a man had allegedly pulled her hair as she was walking with her friend in a parking lot located in the 22700 block of Lougheed Highway.
Based on information and descriptions provided by both victims police determined they were looking for a single assailant.
Police canvassed the area for video surveillance footage and an alleged suspect was identified.
Now, 33-year-old Maple Ridge resident Chad Edwards is facing numerous charges, including:
- 1 count of assault causing bodily harm
- 1 count of assault
- 1 count of uttering threats
- 1 count of failure to comply with probation order
“Stranger attacks are rare,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP Sgt. Brenda Gresiuk. “The victims did the right thing by contacting us as quickly as they did and, in this case, police are familiar with the suspect.”