RCMP warn of sexual assault in Pitt Meadows

  • May. 20, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Police are warning the public about a sexual assault that took place early Thursday in Pitt Meadows.

The alleged incident occurred between 3 and 4 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, near a 7-Eleven store on Harris Road, according to Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Serious Crimes Unit.

A teenaged girl had gotten separated from a friend when she met up with a man she did not know. They walked a short distance away, where the man sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic-looking male, 25 to 35 years old, with a stocky build, long dark hair, and some facial hair.

“I want to alert our citizens to this event, both for their safety and in an attempt to identify the suspect,” Supt. Dave Walsh said,

“The investigation into the sex assault is just starting, and we will make all attempts at identifying, and charging, the person responsible. In the meantime, I want all our citizens, in particular females, to be aware of their surroundings. If you encounter a situation you feel is not safe, please feel free to contact us, and a police officer will attend to investigate. The main goal of Ridge Meadows RCMP is the safety of our citizens.”

He added that RCMP were forced to delay releasing information about the sexual assault because the victim was traumatized. • Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604-463-6251. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.bccrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2000.00 if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.