Man in his 20s charged after "series of sexual assaults" in Vancouver, Burnaby

Jun 21 2022, 4:41 pm

A 27-year-old man has been charged in connection with a series of sexual assaults in Vancouver and Burnaby.

The apparent assaults happened over a three-day period between March 31 and April 2, 2022, in both cities.

According to a release from Burnaby RCMP, the sexual assaults in Burnaby included five women in the Metrotown area who reported being groped by a stranger.

After the alleged offences in Burnaby, police say Hayden McCorriston travelled to Vancouver where he is alleged to have committed several other offences, including two sexual assaults and an indecent act.

This was a serious and traumatic series of events that impacted the feeling of safety and security in our community, said Burnaby RCMP Media Relations Officer Corporal Alexa Hodgins. We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of our policing partners from Vancouver Police and Metro Vancouver Transit Police for helping advance this multi-jurisdictional sexual assault investigation.

Investigators from Burnaby RCMP’s High-Risk Offender (HRO) Unit, the Vancouver Police Department, and Metro Vancouver Transit Police conducted a coordinated investigation.

Investigators quickly identified McCorriston and learned he had been arrested for an unrelated offence on April 3. The police agencies cooperatively gathered evidence to gain a full picture of McCorriston’s activities during his three-day spree.

Reducing sexual offences on transit is an operational priority for Metro Vancouver Transit Police. We are proud to have been able to assist in this investigation and help remove this suspect from the community, said Constable Amanda Steed with Transit Police.

The BC Prosecution Services has approved charges against McCorriston which included seven counts of sexual assault, two thefts, one assault, and one indecent act.

He remains in custody.

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