Senior arrested after allegedly groping young girl on Richmond bus

May 23 2018, 6:46 am

Richmond RCMP has arrested a 74-year-old man who allegedly groped a young girl on a Coast Mountain transit bus.

According to Richmond RCMP, the incident took place on May 15 just before 5:50 pm. Officers responded to a call near the 5000 block of Granville Ave., after receiving information that a suspect on the bus allegedly groped a young girl on board.

Two Good Samaritans followed the suspect after he exited the bus and the bus driver stayed with the girl until police arrived. The victim was emotionally shaken but unharmed.

Ten minutes later, Richmond RCMP located and arrested the suspect nearby. Leonardo B. French, a 74-year-old man from Richmond, has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual touching of a person under 16 years of age.

Richmond RCMP says Leonardo B. French is also known as Leonardo Da Vancouver and Victor Leonard Boudreau. He is well-known to police and frequents public transit.

Police believe there may be additional victims and are asking the public to come forward if they or anyone they know has been a victim of French.

Richmond RCMP can be reached at 604-278-1212. Ask for the General Investigative Section and quote file 2018-14907.

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