Police investigating after man assaults 14-year-old girl near Surrey park

Jan 17 2019, 10:31 pm

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance after a 14-year-old girl was recently assaulted in the city’s Tynehead neighbourhood.

According to police, the incident took place at approximately 4:15 pm on January 16, as the girl was walking home from school in the 9300 block of 157 Street, next to Bel Air Park.

Police said the victim noticed a man standing at the path into the park as she walked past. As she continued walking, she noticed that the man had begun to follow her and when she started to walk faster, so did he.

The man then grabbed the girl on the shoulder and she kicked backwards in response, causing the man to let go.

At that point, the girl ran home while calling her parents to tell them what had happened.

Surrey RCMP Frontline and Youth Unit officers attended the area and made patrols looking for the suspect as well as conducted neighbourhood enquiries for witnesses and surveillance video.

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The Surrey RCMP Special Victim’s Unit currently has conduct of the investigation with the continued assistance from the Surrey RCMP Youth Unit.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man who wearing a black hoody, grey sweatpants and black running shoes at the time of the incident. The girl did not manage to see the suspect’s face.

Now, police said they’re looking into whether this incident is related to any other similar incidents and will be continuing extra patrols in and around Surrey schools with assistance from additional units.

Investigators are also asking for anyone who was in the area between 3 pm and 5 pm who may have dash-cam footage of the incident to contact police.

Anyone with information or witnessed this occurrence who has not already spoken with police, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can do so by contacting Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leaving a tip online.