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Burnaby RCMP looking to identify sexual assault suspect

Burnaby RCMP is looking to identify a suspect and notify the public after three women were sexually assaulted near Metrotown.

The first victim was inside the Metrotown Superstore around 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 when she was slapped on the buttocks by an unknown male who fled the area.

The incident was reported to police and RCMP were actively investigating when RCMP received two additional reports of similar assaults on women in the Metrotown area. The second and third incidents happened around 9 a.m. on Friday, April 1.

Suspect description:

  • Caucasian man
  • In late twenties to early thirties
  • Wearing a red V-neck Canada top with a maple leaf logo
  • Wearing a black hoodie or jacket with grey sleeves and dark stripes down each arm

Work is underway to confirm whether these incidents are linked. We want the public to be aware that these sexual assaults have occurred. Burnaby RCMP’s Serious Crimes Unit and High Risk Offender Unit are investigating, said Cpl. Mike Kalanj with Burnaby RCMP. Information about the suspect has also been distributed to policing agencies across B.C. as we work to identify a suspect.

Supports are being offered to the victims. In all three incidents, the suspect was not known to the victims.

All three assaults happened inside businesses. Burnaby RCMP is encouraging anyone else who may have been assaulted to contact investigators.

Anyone with information is asked to call Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999. Please quote file #22-10704.

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