Police seek assistance in two weekend stranger assaults
2020-01-27 12:32 PST
File # 2020-863 & 2020-904
This past weekend, the Port Alberni RCMP responded to two reports of women being attacked by strangers and are now seeking witnesses and dash cam or other surveillance video to the assaults.
On Saturday January 25 between 4 and 5 a.m., a woman walking along 3rd Ave near Dunbar Street was allegedly grabbed by two men and money demanded from her. As she raised her hands in defense, one of the suspects bit her hand. The woman fought off her assaulters and ran away.
The woman had taken herself to hospital for treatment prior to reporting the incident to police. Due to a significant time delay in reporting the incident, police patrols in the area were unsuccessful.
The suspects are described as Caucasian men with scruffy beards, about 5’6 tall and wearing hoodies. One of the suspects was wearing red pajama pants, had a thin build, bad acne and possibly spoke with a lisp.
On Sunday January 26th at approximately 5:45 a.m., a woman was retrieving some items from her vehicle parked on 10th Ave across from Echo Village located at 4200 10th Ave when an unknown man came out of the woods and grabbed her from behind, sexually assaulting her. She yelled and fought him off. The suspect fled into the small recreational wooded area which has walking paths in and out. Although understandably upset and shaken by the attack, the woman was not physically injured during the incident.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, 5’10, unshaven, wearing dark clothing and having a strong fishy odor about him.
All available police resources were deployed to the area and extensive patrols made, unfortunately the suspect was not located and to date remains unidentified.
Police are canvassing area businesses and residences in an effort to locate witnesses and video footage.
We are asking anyone who was in the area of either 3rd Ave and Dunbar Street on January 25, 2020 between 3 and 6 a.m. or the area of 4200 10th Ave on January 26th, 2020 around 5:45 a.m. to review security and/or dash cam video. If you have footage of either assault or of a suspicious man or men please contact police, states Cpl. Amelia Hayden Port Alberni RCMP.
These are very serious incidents and a frightening event for anyone to experience. These women did the right thing by yelling out and fighting off their attackers and reporting to police as soon as they were able, Cpl. Amelia Hayden continues.
Our investigations are ongoing and police are doing everything possible to identify and arrest the men responsible for these assaults.
At this time there is nothing to suggest that these two incidents are in any way related. In the meantime, we are reminding residents to remain aware and alert of their surroundings and people around them and to report suspicious activity.
Anyone who witnessed either of these crimes or who has information on those responsible is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424.
Cpl. K. Amelia HaydenNCO i/c CPVS and Media Relation Officer
Port Alberni RCMP
4444 Morton Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4M8
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