Police in Burnaby are investigating an alleged assault that took place near the Burnaby Mountain SFU campus on Sunday night.
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According to RCMP, the incident occurred at around 8:30 pm, when the victim, a 19-year-old woman was walking on a trail just north of University Drive and West Campus Road at SFU, towards Burnaby Mountain Park.
“The victim told police that as she was walking she noticed a man following her who tried to engage her in conversation,” police said in a release.
The man is then alleged to have grabbed the victim by her hand, but the victim was able to pull away from the suspect and run to a nearby parking lot, where she sought assistance from other people.
Undeterred, the suspect allegedly followed the woman to the parking lot and continued to attempt to engage with the victim.
He then eventually left the scene in a car described as being a “grey or black four door Acura.”
Police said the suspect is described as a “clean shaven” South Asian male, standing 5’9″ tall, and approximately 19 to 23 years old. He was wearing a black turban, blue long sleeve shirt, grey sweat pants, and black sandals at the time of the incident.
“This was a frightening situation for this victim who thankfully was able to get to safety, said Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Mike Kalanj. “We are asking that people remain vigilant on the trails, follow our advice, and if you know who this suspect is then please contact police immediately.”
Now, police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any further information to share, to contact them at 604-646-9999 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, leave a tip online.