Lower Mainland woman assaulted by stranger in her own back yard (UPDATED)

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UPDATE AUG. 15, 2019: Police have conclude their investigation and report that the assault did not occur. Read more here.


Abbotsford RCMP report that a woman was assaulted in her own back yard shortly after midnight on Aug.6 and an investigation is underway.

The 42-year-old victim resides in the Clearbrook area, north of Highway 1 in Abbotsford, and police say that she was alone when the attack took place. According to a release, the victim was on her deck when she was grabbed from behind and received minor injuries during the attack. She has since been released from hospital.

The investigation is currently being handled by Major Crime detectives and supported by the Patrol Branch, but the victim was unable to describe her attacker due to the nature of the attack. However, the suspect is believed to be an adult male.

Major Crime detectives are actively investigating to obtain a more detailed description, at which time an updated release will be posted.

The investigation is in the early stages and it appears that the attack was sexually motived. The attacker was not known to the victim.  It is believed that the attack ended when a neighbour returned home.  The attacker fled with the victim’s electronic device.

The Abbotsford Police would like to remind the public to practice awareness, even in the safety of their own homes and yards.  At night, keep outside lights on in the front and back yard.  The public is also reminded to report any suspicious persons or activity to police.

The Abbotsford Police Department is appealing to anyone with information about this incident to call us at 604-859-5225, text us at 222973 (abbypd), or to report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or online at Solvecrime.ca.