Update: Coquitlam RCMP identify suspect in sexual assaults at Glen Park

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      Update (January 30):

      After several sexual assaults were reported taking place from November to January on a trail in Glen Park, Coquitlam RCMP stated in a news release today (January 20) that a suspect has been identified and “safety systems are in place”.

      The suspect was previously unknown to police.

      Previously, four assaults were reported but that number has since increased to seven.

      In all of these assaults, a male suspect approached adult women from behind and touched or slapped her before running off.

      “There are extenuating circumstances involving this suspect that may have played a role in these alleged assaults,” Coquitlam RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Michael McLaughlin stated in a news release. "Due to privacy concerns, we cannot go into detail about this suspect’s circumstances, but everyone should know that public safety is our number one priority.”

      Anyone who feels as they are being followed or are in danger in the area is asked to call 911 immediately. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550.

      Original article (January 27):

      Police are alerting citizens about a series of sexual assault that have been taking place in a park in Coquitlam since last month.

      Coquitlam RCMP stated today (January 27) that investigators have connected four separate cases of sexual assaults in and around Coquitlam’s Glen Park (1149 Westwood Street).

      The first incident took place on December 16, followed by one on December 19 and two more on January 22 and 25.

      The alleged attacks occurred in the early evening between 5 and 7 p.m.

      In all of the incidents, the suspect touched or slapped an adult female before quickly running off.

      The suspect is described as a male with a slight build who is short or below-average height. He was wearing dark clothing and a black jacket during all four incidents.

      “These incidents happened so quickly that no one has yet seen the suspect’s face”, Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin stated “If you are a woman walking alone near the 1100 block of Westwood Street, please be extra-aware. Consider walking with a friend or partner. No matter who you are, call 911 immediately if you see anything suspicious at or near Glen Park”.

      Anyone with information that may help solve this crime is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Sex Crimes Unit.

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