Male suspect in Coquitlam restaurant sexual-assault case may be protected by code of silence

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      After a two-month investigation, Coquitlam RCMP are releasing information in an effort to identify a sexual assault suspect whom investigators believe others may be protecting.

      At 9:41 p.m. on August 17, a regular customer of a restaurant in the 500 block of Lougheed Highway allegedly assaulted and sexually assaulted a staff member while she was working.

      While restaurant management has assisted police, Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin stated in a news release that other witnesses “have been less than cooperative”.

      “If people are protecting the suspect with a ‘code of silence’, we’re hoping those people understand that the victim is dealing with both physical and psychological consequences,” Cpl. Mclaughlin said.

      The suspect is described as a white or mixed-ethnicity male who goes by the first name Jordan.

      He is in his late 20s or early 30s. He is about 178 to 180 centimetres (five-feet, 10-inches to five-feet, 11-inches) tall with a medium, stocky build and strong hands.

      He has flared nostrils and full lips, and short, light brown hair that is shaved on the sides.

      He usually wears a snap-back baseball cap worn very low, a puffy jacket, and red Air Jordan–style pants.

      Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about this case is asked to contact Coquitlam RCMP on their non-emergency line at 604-945-1550. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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