Two sexual assaults occurred only days apart in Surrey's Guildford area, says the Surrey RCMP.
On July 9 at approximately 9:50 p.m., a woman was walking in the 14200-block of 104 Avenue when she met an unknown male. The woman accompanied the man into Hawthorne Park where he then sexually assaulted her, explains a news release. The woman was able to fight off her attacker and fled the area.
Multiple officers were deployed to search for the suspect, including the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services, but they did not find him. The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6’2” tall, 180 pounds with a muscular build and short messy dreadlocks. He was wearing black pants and a black t-shirt.
Police are also seeking two witnesses to the offence, a man and woman who were near the entrance of Hawthorne Park, but left the area prior to speaking to police. They are asked to please come forward to speak to investigators.
Surrey RCMP seeking witnesses to two separate sexual assaults in Guilford
On July 12 at approximately 12:34 a.m., a female youth was walking in Tynehead Park when she was pushed from behind and sexually assaulted by an unknown male. Following the sexual assault, the man fled and the youth was able to leave the area to get help. She did not sustain any life-threatening physical injuries.
The suspect in this incident was described as a black male, approximately 6’1” tall, with a muscular build, and stubble on his face. He was wearing a bright red hoodie, black pants, and red shoes.
At this time, there is no evidence linking these occurrences. However, police are asking the public to be aware of both incidents and to assist with any information that can advance either investigation.
“Both of these people have been emotionally impacted by these attacks,” says Staff Sergeant Lyndsay O’Ruairc, Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit. “We have provided referrals to Victim Services to both of them, and our investigative team is working very hard to identify and locate the people responsible for these sexual assaults.”
Investigators are also seeking dash-cam video from the area of 168 St and 96 Ave between 10 p.m. on July 11 and 12:30 a.m. on July 12. They are also seeking dash-cam video from the area of 104 Ave and 142 St on July 9 between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.