VPD releases images of East Vancouver sex assault suspect

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Vancouver Police have released images of a man suspected in a violent daytime sex attack in East Vancouver.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was followed home from a bus stop near East 41st Avenue and Earles Street on Thursday, May 23.

The man followed the woman into her house, where he attacked and sexually assaulted her inside her home around noon.

Photo courtesy Vancouver Police Department

In a release on Saturday, VPD Constable Steve Addison said the investigation was a high priority and police wanted to identify the individual as soon as possible.

“We ask everyone to take a good, long look at these pictures, and to call us if they know who this is,” he said.

The suspect is described as Asian, about 40 years old with short black hair and an average build. He was wearing sunglasses, a white tank top, back shorts and sandals.

VPD Sex Crimes Unit detectives have been working to collect evidence and follow-up on leads since Thursday.

Police issued a public warning about the attack on Friday. Investigators are looking into a number of tips from the public, but haven’t identified the attacker.

Photo courtesy Vancouver Police Department

“We’re confident someone out there knows this man, or has seen him in the neighbourhood,” said Constable Addison.

“If you know him, please don’t hesitate. Call us right away.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the VPD Sex Crimes Unit at 604-717-0604 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Anyone who sees this man should call 9-1-1 immediately.

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