Woman not attacked by two men in Maple Ridge

Police now say injuries were accidental

A supposed attack on woman in Maple Ridge by a pair of strangers which police issued a warning about on Friday – did not happen.

Ridge Meadows RCMP have learned the woman, in her 40s, was not assaulted as previously thought.

“The woman was injured accidentally, and was not the victim of any form of an assault,”said Supt. Dave Walsh.

“Our serious crimes unit investigators have advised me that the alleged attack did not occur.”

Police won’t say if the woman lied to investigators but only confirmed that further questioning by officers led them to determine nothing criminal took place.

RCMP wouldn’t provide further explanation on why the story changed.

No one was arrested in connection with the incident.

On Friday, Mounties issued a warning saying a woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by at least two men.

The woman was leaving work around midnight and claimed she was approached from behind while walking to her car in the 20800-block of Wicklund Avenue and physically assaulted.

Police initially believed it was an unprovoked attack by strangers but now say the information was “incorrect.”

The detachment thanked “all those who assisted in the investigation.”

No criminal charges are being considered against the woman.

“I do want to remind all citizens to continue to be safe,” said Walsh.

“Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious persons or activities to police right away.”