Woman sexually assaulted, prompting RCMP warning

A woman was sexually assaulted late Friday night, near No. 3 Road and Blundell, prompting Richmond Mounties to urge residents to be cautious when walking at night.

The victim exited the Brighouse station of the Canada Line around 11 p.m., and walked south along No. 3 Road before heading west on Blundell, Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said.

She was then grabbed from behind and sexually assaulted, Ashton said, adding that investigators believe this was a lone random act, as no similar incidents have been reported to Richmond RCMP.

The suspect is described as about five feet seven inches to five feet nine inches tall, with a medium build, and between 30 and 40 years old.

While he is believed to be lighter skinned, his ethnicity isn't known.

He had an oval face and short cropped dark hair.

The suspect was wearing a dark or black knee-length shorts and a black or dark t-shirt or tank top.

"Our serious crimes unit is currently reviewing other sexual assault investigations that took place in the Lower Mainland and at this point we have found no similarities between this investigation and other incidents," Ashton said.

"We want to remind the public to use caution when walking at night, stay in populated areas, travel in pairs, don't wear ear buds and always let someone know where you are."

Anyone with information about the attack is urged to call Richmond RCMP Cpl. Tarasoff of the serious crimes unit at 604-278-1212, or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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