Woman hospitalized after 5th sexual assault in Burnaby since January 29

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Another sexual assault in Burnaby has prompted a warning from the RCMP and the creation of a task force to help nab the people or person responsible for the five attacks since January 29.

On Sunday, March 6, at about 3 p.m., a woman was leaving the Lakecity SkyTrain station and was walking on a popular trail when she was approached by a man and sexually assaulted. A nearby good samaritan scared off the attacker.

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The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated.

The good samaritan left the scene before police arrived. He’s described as being 50 to 60 years old and was wearing athletic clothing. Police are looking to speak with him to assist in their investigation.

The attackers is described as a white male, 5’7″, wearing a dark cotton hoodie pulled over his head.

The Burnaby RCMP has created the Sexual Assault Task Force to look into the five sexual assaults. While the RCMP are hesitant to say that the assaults are linked, some have similar characteristics. The task force is led by investigators from Burnaby’s Serious Crime Section with assistance from Crime Analysts and the RCMP’s Behavioural Sciences Group.

Due to recent sexual assaults that happened in Vancouver, they are also working with the VPD.

If you are the good samaritan who interrupted the sexual assault on Sunday, or if you have any information regarding any of these incidents, please call Burnaby RCMP’s Sexual Assault Task Force at 604-294-7922 or Crime Stoppers, if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

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