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Groping suspect sought by police

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Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who allegedly groped a woman aboard a Richmond transit bus last May.
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Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who groped a woman aboard a Richmond transit bus last May.

The victim boarded a bus at the corner of Williams Road and Railway Avenue on Friday, May 23 when she fell asleep some time after Brighouse Station.

She awoke to find a suspect with his hand on her upper left thigh, which was covered by the suspect's jacket.

The victim used her purse to block her lap and tried to move the suspect's hand with her elbow, but the suspect instead moved his hand further down her thigh.

The victim then removed the man's jacket, grabbed his hand and pushed it off and told him to get away from her.

The man apologized several times and said: "I really like you, is it possible to go out with you?"

The victim took a picture of the suspect and told him she was going to call the police.

The man continued to apologize and kissed her shoulder, disembarking at Westminster Highway and Highway 91 in East Richmond.

The incident is now the Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for the week beginning July 20.

The photos taken by the woman were released this week by investigators.

Anyone with information about the incident, or who can identify the suspect, is asked to provide anonymous information to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The tip leading to the man's arrest and charge could be worth a cash reward.

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