German tourist arrested for Canada Line sexual assault

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Transit Police have arrested 44-year-old Wolfgang Goffing, a tourist from Germany, for a sexual assault that occurred on the Canada Line Monday morning.

According to a police statement, the incident occurred just after 9 a.m. on a train traveling inbound between Yaletown and Vancouver City Centre stations. A woman was standing near the middle of the train and holding onto a centre pole when a man’s hand groped her.

The victim reacted by yelling at the man and insisting that he disembark the train with her at Vancouver City Centre, where the incident was reported to a Canada Line attendant.

Transit Police promptly arrived to the scene and arrested Goffing without incident at the station platform. He has since been charged with sexual assault and could be released on a $5,000 cash bond. However, at this time, the bond has not been posted.

If the bond is not submitted, Goffing will remain in police custody until March 16 when he is scheduled to appear in court. He has a history of sexual offences and was planning to return to Germany on March 15.

This incident follows two separate recent sexual assaults on the Canada Line that also occurred during the weekday morning rush hour: Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6.


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To discretely report a non-emergency incident on Metro Vancouver’s public transit system, you can text message Transit Police dispatch at 87-77-77 or download the Transit Police OnDuty App for both iOS and Android. All messages are received by dispatchers around the clock.

Alternatively, you can also press the ‘Silent Alarm’ found inside each train: a yellow strip along the span of every window frame of a train. If this strip button is pressed, SkyTrain attendants will be immediately dispatched to assist you.

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