Police in Surrey are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a woman in Kwantlen Park earlier this week.
According to Surrey RCMP, the incident took place just after 6:50 pm on February 16, when officers responded to a report of a sexual assault in the park, which is located in the area of 132 Street and 104 Avenue.
“The victim initially met the male suspect near 132 Street and 105 Avenue and they walked to Kwantlen Park together,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko. “Upon arriving at the park, the man produced a weapon and sexually assaulted the victim.”
Sturko said the man fled the scene prior to police arrival, and the victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Now, Sturko said police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect, who they describe as a “light-skinned male, with dark hair with a fade-style cut, possibly Middle Eastern, approximately 26 years old, with a slim build, and wearing dark clothing.”
At this stage in the investigation, she said, “initial indications are that this attack is linked to street-level sex work.” And in light of the incident, “immediate steps were taken to inform sex workers in Surrey of this assault so they could remain vigilant to this additional risk.”
Sturko said police also believe there were witnesses in the area at the time of the assault, and anyone who may have seen or heard the incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.