Man arrested in violent East Vancouver sex assault

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Vancouver police have made an arrest in last week’s sexual assault in the city’s east side.

A 59-year-old Vancouver man was arrested Monday morning for the May 23 assault.

East Vancouver sex assault
Photo courtesy Vancouver Police Department

The alleged incident took place around 11:30 a.m. that morning. A woman in her 20s was waiting at a bus stop on 41st Avenue near Earles Street when an unknown man approached her and struck up a conversation. However, the woman left the bus stop after realizing she forgot something at home.

She left the stop and walked south on Earles Street, realizing the man was following her. He caught up with her and struck up another conversation. He then allegedly followed her into her home where he attacked and sexually assaulted her around noon.

Vancouver police issued a public warning about the attack on Friday and on Saturday released images of the suspect, asking the public for help in identifying him. Numerous tips came in.

“Our detectives have been working tirelessly on this investigation,” media relations officer Sgt. Jason Robillard said in a press release. “We would like to thank the public for their assistance in helping identify the suspect.”

Robillard said police will be recommending several charges to Crown counsel related to aggravated sexual assault.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call sex crime investigators at 604-717-0604 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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