TransLink’s Transit Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman onboard a Canada Line train.
The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. on Friday, July 17 when a woman boarded a packed southbound train at Marine Drive Station in South Vancouver.
“She saw a man squeeze by other passengers to get to her and then felt him press his body against her back while making noises in her ear,” reads a statement by police. “She tried to move away but each time she did, he moved with her.”
“As the assault was occurring, the victim made eye contact with a male witness and heard several passengers talking about the assault.”
Both the victim and suspect disembarked the train at 4:55 p.m.
The suspect is described by police as a Caucasian male between the ages of 50 and 60, about 6 feet tall, with a heavy build and short light brown hair.
At the time of the alleged incident, he was wearing a blue dress shirt with narrow grey horizontal stripes, black pants, dark ball cap and dark sunglasses.
“Sexual offences on the transit system are a priority for the Transit Police,” the statement continued. “We acknowledge that reporting this type of crime can be difficult for victims. We will be thoughtful and sensitive in our approach to ensure every report is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that could help investigators is asked to contact Transit Police at 604-515-8300 or text message using code 87-77-77.