Richmond, BC: The Richmond RCMP has completed their investigation into allegations of a sexual assault to a 18-year old woman on October 7, 2016.
Investigators have determined that a sexual assault did not occur and that public safety is not at risk.
“We have examined this case with objective eyes and treated it with the utmost sensitivity. After a thorough and extensive investigation, our investigators have determined that a sexual assault did not occur. For the community of Richmond and especially those that live around the area surrounding Paulik Park Community Garden, it is our responsibility to provide this new information and alleviate any safety concerns,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.
File # 2016-33570
Richmond RCMP is investigating the alleged sexual assault of a young female that occurred during the early evening hours of October 7, 2016.
A lone 18-year old female was walking northbound on Ash Street towards General Currie Road. As she approached the Paulik Park Community Garden around 7:30 pm, she was allegedly approached from behind by an unknown assailant. He pushed her to the ground and then forcibly sexually assaulted her. The female managed to fight off her attacker and eventually escaped.
The suspect is described as a male, 5′ 10 to 5′ 11 (178 – 180 cm) tall, wearing darks pants, dark dress shoes, and a dark puffy jacket.
“We have a team of seasoned investigators working on this case. We are still active in the area, conducting comprehensive neighbourhood canvassing and analyzing video surveillance footage,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.
Our Victim Services Unit has been instrumental in this very delicate time. We are asking anyone with information on this case to please contact us.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the General Investigation Section of the Richmond RCMP at (604) 278-1212, by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.