VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Mounties at UBC are warning people to be careful when out jogging in the dark.
It comes after an 18-year-old student was attacked while she was running through Pacific Spirit Park earlier this month.
She claims she was approached by an Aboriginal man asking her if she knew the time. She says he grabbed her and thre her to the ground before running away. The victim suffered scrapes to her knee.
“We are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this suspect” says Sgt Peter Thiessen of the Lower Mainland District RCMP. ” The public is reminded to remain vigilant concerning their safety when out jogging or walking in any park in the Lower Mainland especially after dark.”
“UBC detachment officers have been conducting enhanced and directed patrols in the area of the assault along with our security partners responsible for public safety within the park,” says Sgt Thiessen.
The suspect is described as:
– Early to mid 20’s
– Five-foot-nine to five-foot-ten
– Heavy build
– Medium skin tone
– Short black hair which comes forward at the front
– Brown eyes
– Round face
– Black round framed glasses (not sunglasses)
– Wearing a black shirt with a white circular logo, baggy blue jeans, and shoes
Anyone with information is asked to call Cst Kevin McCarthy of the University RCMP at 604-224-1322 or Crime Stoppers.