Two suspects re-arrested following Oppenheimer sexual assault

Jun 6 2020, 10:16 am

The Vancouver Police Department says two suspects wanted over a horrific sexual assault in Oppenheimer Park are back in custody.

In April, the suspects allegedly directed a woman into a tent at gunpoint where she was held against her will for more than 15 hours while being sexually assaulted and beaten with a weapon. The woman eventually escaped, according to the VPD.

Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, were arrested shortly after the crime, but were released from custody and didn’t report to their bail supervisors on June 2, prompting police to warn the public on June 5. 

Officers re-arrested the pair thanks to a member of the public who spotted them and phoned 911.

“This arrest was made possible by a heads up store clerk who recognized the couple from the earlier media release we put out,” Const. Tania Visintin said in a news release.

Tapp and Edwards are facing 15 counts related to sexual assault, assault, and confinement.

In the June 2 release, Visintin thanked the Downtown Eastside women’s organization that helped the survivor feel comfortable enough to come forward.

“There are several organizations in the Downtown Eastside that help vulnerable women in need and one played a pivotal role in helping this survivor come forward,” she said. “We thank them for the work they do and the help they provide.”

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