Vancouver man arrested after harassment and attempted assault on transit

Dec 21 2017, 9:17 pm

A man who allegedly followed and harassed a woman as she took “various forms” of transit in Vancouver over the course of several months has now been arrested in connection with the case.

In a release, Transit Police said the Vancouver man was arrested after the woman, 21, approached officers at the Canada Line’s Marine Drive Station on December 18 to tell them what was going on.

The woman alleged that the man, who she didn’t know, had been following and harassing her over the “last several months.”

She also told police that the man allegedly made “inappropriate sexual remarks and gestures, followed her on the bus and the train, whispered in her ear and on one occasion, tried to grab her buttocks.”

An investigation was launched as a result of the report and included surveillance of the Marine Drive Canada Line Station as well as bus loop beside it.

The man, 54, was located and arrested the next day, in the bus loop beside Marine Drive Canada Line Station at 9:15 pm.

He was released on a Promise to Appear in Vancouver Provincial Court on February 19, 2018, with a condition to have no contact with the victim.

Charges of Criminal Harassment and Attempted Sexual Assault have been recommended.

“Reducing sexual assaults and harassment on our transit system is a priority,” said Transit Police in a statement.

“Victims and witnesses are encouraged to report these incidents to us directly by using our text code, 87-77-77, or calling us at 604-515-8300.”

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