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RCMP say two women attacked in Maple Ridge

Separate incidents, a day apart, involving man driving an older van

Ridge Meadows RCMP are investigating two separate reports of assault from females who engage in a high risk lifestyle.

Police said late Friday that serious crimes investigators are following up on reports from a female being physically assaulted by a male around midnight Thursday, Oct. 30. The attack occurred in the 21800-block of Lougheed Highway.

CMP say the victim met a male who was driving an older model white van. The suspect called out to the woman, and when she was walking away, he came up from behind her and violently assaulted her. The first victim was beaten and hospitalized, but has since been released.

The second incident occurred just a little more than 24 hours later, about 4:30 a.m. Oct. 31, in the 12900-block of 232nd Street.

As the woman was walking past a white van, a male came up from behind, grabbed her and forcefully put her into the vehicle.

The victim fought back though and struck the suspect and managed to get away.

“In both instances, police were not notified at the time of the occurrences," said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.

"Neither victim knew their attacker, nor has anyone been apprehended. Investigators are looking for more leads, and anyone with any information is asked to call police."

Dunlop said that RCMP want to remind citizens, girls and women in particular, to carry a cell phone and be aware of surroundings. "Don’t go into areas where you do not feel safe."

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