Sexual assault suspect sought in Coquitlam park attacks

Women shouldn't walk alone in the evening through the forested park and should call 911 if they witness something suspicious

Four sexual assaults have been linked to a single suspect who touches or slaps women while they are walking in or around Glen Park in Coquitlam.

Coquitlam RCMP are advising women to not walk alone through the park and to call 911 if they witness suspicious behaviour.

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“These incidents happened so quickly that no one has yet seen the suspect’s face,” Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said in a press release. 

In two of the incidents, the victims were touched on the buttocks, police say.

Consistent details available so far say the man has a slight build, is of short or below-average height and wearing dark clothing and a black jacket.

Police say the original incidents happened Dec.16 and Dec. 19, with two more taking place Jan. 22 and Jan. 25. 

In each case, the suspect targeted a women by touching or slapping her and quickly running away, with the alleged attacks taking place in the early evening, between 5 and 7 p.m., according to the Mounties.

McLaughlin said the Coquitlam RCMP’s sex crimes unit has made the investigation a “high priority.”

“It’s important that women feel safe in our parks, and we need everyone’s help to make that reality”, McLaughlin said in a press release.

For any crime in progress, call 911 immediately. If you have information that may help solve this crime, call the Coquitlam RCMP’s non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Sex Crimes Unit (file number 2020-2032).

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