Charges have been laid against a 30-year-old man responsible for a disturbing sexual assault.
On July 10, a woman was walking under the Expo Line tracks at 11 pm. An unknown man reportedly robbed her of her personal belongings, pulled her into nearby bushes, and sexually assaulted her.
The suspect fled the area afterwards and remained at large for two weeks.
The Surrey RCMP announced in a statement that Hartley Ronald Duckhorn was arrested on July 24. The Surrey resident was taken into police custody and, one day after had several charges laid against him in provincial court.
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Charges include sexual assault with a weapon, use of an imitation firearm while committing an indictable offence, unlawful confinement, robbery, and uttering threats.
“This unacceptable attack on a woman in our community was very concerning for police and for the greater community,” says Staff Sergeant Lyndsay O’Ruairc, Vulnerable Persons Section Commander in an email statement.
“Our Special Victims Unit worked rigorously with multiple other Surrey RCMP Units to identify this suspect. We hope the community feels some reassurance with his arrest and charges.”
With files from Megan Devlin.