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Metro Vancouver sexual assault suspect a restaurant regular protected by 'code of silence'

Coquitlam RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in helping to identify a suspect in a sexual assault police say is being protected by a "code of silence."
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 The sexual assault suspect is a man believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s and is described as Caucasian or mixed-ethnicity. Image courtesy Coquitlam RCMPThe man is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s and is described as Caucasian or mixed-ethnicity. He is approximately 5’10” tall with a medium, stocky build and strong hands, flared nostrils and full lips. He has short, light brown hair, shaved on the sides, and typically wears a snap-back baseball hat worn very low, a puffy jacket and red Air Jordan-type pants. Image courtesy Coquitlam RCMP

Coquitlam RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in helping to identify a suspect in a sexual assault police say is being protected by a "code of silence."

The incident occurred on Aug. 17, at around 9:41 p.m. at a restaurant along the Lougheed Highway when a man who is described as regular customer assaulted and sexually assaulted a staff member while she was working.

"Restaurant management has been very helpful but other witnesses have been less than cooperative," Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said in a press release. "If people are protecting the suspect with a code of silence, we're hoping those people understand that the victim is dealing with both physical and psychological consequences. Someone needs to step up and do the right thing."

The man is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s and is described as Caucasian or mixed-ethnicity. He is approximately 5'10" tall with a medium, stocky build and strong hands, flared nostrils and full lips. He has short, light brown hair, shaved on the sides, and typically wears a snap-back baseball hat worn very low, a puffy jacket and red Air Jordan-type pants.

"It's our job as police to be impartial and we're ready to hear everyone's side of this story," McLaughlin said. "But it's important that we identify 'Jordan.' This case cannot be closed until we do."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2019-25296. Those who wish to remain anonymous can provide information to Crime Stoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.