Two men arrested for alleged sexual assault at UBC campus

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Police at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have arrested two men for allegations of break and enter and sexual assault.

According to a release, University RCMP responded to an incident at an apartment building in the 5700 block of Birney Avenue in Wesbrook Village at 2:15 a.m. early Saturday morning. Upon arriving at the scene, they arrested two men outside the residence.

“While the investigation remains in its preliminary stages, police can confirm that they are investigating allegations of sexual assault,” reads the release. “The suspects and the victims are not known to each other.”

Police are providing few details at this time; it is unclear whether the suspects are connected to the prowler incidents on the campus earlier this year.

Anyone who may have information that could help investigators is asked to contact University RCMP at 604-224-1322. Residents in the area are reminded to lock windows and doors even when absent for a short amount of time, refrain from propping open exterior doors, prevent strangers from ‘tailgating’ into apartment buildings, and beware of surroundings by avoiding the use of headphones and the distracted use of cellular telephones when in public spaces.

Students who are concerned about their public safety on campus while walking at night can contact UBC Safewalk for a complimentary co-ed escort. Safewalk operates from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily and can be contacted at 604-822-5355.

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