Police arrest man for alleged SkyTrain sexual assault

Dec 19 2017, 9:48 pm

A man who allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman on SkyTrain over the weekend has been released from custody with specific conditions following his arrest.

On Saturday night at 10 p.m., a young woman who boarded a train in downtown Vancouver encountered a man when she disembarked at Patterson Station in Burnaby. The man had a dog and was leaning against a guard rail when she exited the station, but he then proceeded to follow her.

As she walked into a side street, she saw the same man running towards her. Transit Police say he made attempts to start a conversation before telling her that he wanted to play with her and then committing sexual assault.

The victim was able to flee without injury, run home, and call police. Shortly after, the suspect was located and arrested just outside of the fare gates at Patterson Station.

Police have identified the man as 30-year-old Kurtis Willick, who has a history with law enforcement and does not have a fixed address. He was released yesterday with the conditions that he will not make contact with the victim, not possess any weapons, not be within a two block radius of Patterson Station, and not be on SkyTrain from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.

Willick will face his charge of sexual assault in court on May 18.

“Transit Police are committed to taking every report of unwanted sexual behaviour seriously and investigating thoroughly,” reads a statement by Transit Police. “We encourage anyone who is a victim or witness to this type of behaviour to contact us immediately.”

Late last month, Transit Police also arrested two men for two separate sexual assault incidents on SkyTrain.

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