Police have approved charges against a 38-year-old man following two “completely random” assaults that occurred on Monday morning.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) says that the first incident occurred at 6:30 am. A female victim was walking to a bus stop near West Georgia and Gilford Streets when a man reportedly approached her and sexually assaulted her.
The 27-year-old woman fought the suspect off, ran to a place of safety, and called the police.
Police say that moments later, the same man attempted to physically assault a 65-year-old woman who was walking to the same bus stop. Both the woman and the suspect boarded the bus and he reportedly continued to assault her.
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“These two attacks were completely random,” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD Spokesperson. “Despite enduring such a traumatic and frightening experience, the two female victims did not suffer serious physical injuries.”
Visintin says that police want to “commend both of these women for their bravery,” adding that “it takes a strong person to remain calm and focused during such a high time of stress.”
Kelly Brian Stewart was arrested immediately after the incidents occurred and charged with sexual assault and assault causing bodily harm.
Stewart will remain in custody until his next court appearance.