Transit Police arrest two suspects in SkyTrain sexual assaults

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Two men have been arrested by Transit Police for allegedly sexually assaulting women in separate incidents on SkyTrain last week.

The first incident occurred on Monday, April 25 at about 6:40 p.m. when a woman was approached by a man who asked her if he would like a coffee while she was waiting for the next train.

When the train arrived, he followed the woman on board and sat beside her before asking her to hold his hand. She responded by telling the man she already had a boyfriend and was not interested.

But the man persisted and slid his hand between the woman’s legs to grope her. The woman responded by saying “No!” and she disembarked the train at Granville Station and reported the incident to police.

An investigation by police later determined that the suspect, a 53-year-old Surrey resident, worked as a cleaner at a food court and mall next to Waterfront Station. He was arrested while working in the food court and is scheduled to appear in court next month to face a charge of sexual assault.

The second incident followed just days later on Thursday, April 28 at approximately 7:50 a.m. when another suspect groped a woman between the legs as she was ascending the escalator at Patterson Station.

In response, the victim followed the man onto the westbound train. When she attempted to take a photo of the suspect, he grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her backwards.

Both individuals got off the train at Joyce-Collingwood Station, and the woman approached a SkyTrain attendant who then called police.

A 29-year-old Burnaby man known to police was subsequently arrested three blocks away from the station. He is facing charges of assault and sexual assault and is scheduled to appear in court on June 28.

“In both of these cases the immediate reporting of the assaults by the victims enabled officers to quickly follow up and arrest the two suspects,” reads a release. “We are committed to taking every reported incident of unwanted sexual behaviour seriously and investigating thoroughly.”

“We encourage anyone who is a victim or witness to this type of behaviour to contact us immediately.”

Both men have since been released on an Undertaking with conditions.

 

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