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Vancouver police search for violent sex offender who failed to return to half-way house

Before she managed to escape, the survivor of the assault was directed at gunpoint into a tent where she was held against her will, beaten, and sexually assaulted with a weapon for more than 15 hours.
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Vancouver Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a charged sex offender who failed to return to a half-way house.

Nicole Edwards, 33, was last seen on July 20 at the half-way house in Surrey she is required to stay at. She failed to abide her court ordered conditions and left the half-way house.

Edwards and an additional person are responsible for a violent sexual assault that occurred in Oppenheimer Park in April. She has been charged with nine counts of offences relating to sexual assault, assault and confinement. She was released from custody with several court-imposed conditions and she is now wanted for breaching those conditions.

Before she managed to escape, the survivor of the assault was directed at gunpoint into a tent where she was held against her will, beaten, and sexually assaulted with a weapon for more than 15 hours. Police subsequently executed a search warrant on May 2 and arrested Tapp and Edwards. A firearm and various items associated with the offence were recovered.

Nicole Edwards is described as 5’3” tall, and around 125 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes, and a “Wahkesh” tattoo on her neck.

This is the VPD’s second plea for assistance with locating Edwards, as she has failed to report to her bail supervisor in the past.

 Anyone who sees Nicole Edwards, or knows her whereabouts, are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.





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