RCMP Seek Public’s Assistance in Assault of a Woman
The RCMP has released a statement advising the community of an assault that occurred on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in the South Campus area. We are providing the full text of the RCMP advisory below.
RCMP Media Advisory
File: 2015 – 468
Title: RCMP Seek Public’s Assistance in Assault of a Woman
On Sunday February 22, 2015 at approximately 10:10 p.m., an 18-year-old woman was walking alone in the area of Mundell Park in south campus of the University of British Columbia when an unknown male grabbed her from behind. The woman struggled and managed to break free from the lone man who then fled the area. Police patrols, including a search by a police-dog team of the Integrated Police Dog Service, failed to locate the suspect. The female did not require any medical attention.
The male suspect is described as having olive colored skin, 18 to 20 years old with spiky black short hair. He is approximately 5’4″ to 5’6” with a medium build, and was wearing a puffy army green vest, dark long-sleeved shirt, and dark pants at the time of the incident.
“We recognize that incidents of this nature can be alarming to those regularly walking alone at night. Although we believe this to be an isolated incident, as always, we recommend for the general public walking alone late in the evening or early in the morning to remain extra vigilant of their surroundings and take every precaution to enhance their personal safety” says Cpl. Brenda Winpenny.
There is no information at this time to connect this case with any other on-going investigations. Police are continuing their investigation and asking anyone who may have any information in relation to this incident or the identity of the suspect to call University RCMP at 604-224-1322 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Cpl. Brenda Winpenny
Please take the utmost care and be aware of your surroundings when travelling on campus. For further personal security resources visit: http://security.ubc.ca/content/personal-security.
If you have been impacted by a criminal event, UBC, AMS and the RCMP have resources that can assist:
AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)
UBC Counselling Services
UBC Student Health Services
RCMP Victim Services
Faculty and Staff Employee and Family Assistance Plan
Director, Campus Security
Assault Near Totem Park Residence
UPDATE: Quick community response leads to arrest
UBC would like to acknowledge the caring actions of the UBC community that alerted them to an incident near Totem Park Residence before 1 am this morning. RCMP and Campus Security were quick to reach the scene and apprehended a suspect, who was arrested and faces charges of attempted sexual assault and assault of a police officer. RCMP have confirmed this incident is unrelated to the 2013 sexual assaults at UBC or the recent assault on the south campus in February.
This incident serves as a timely reminder of the importance of taking safety precautions, such as paying attention to your surroundings, looking out for your classmates and colleagues, and calling police via 9-11 in an emergency or Campus Security at 604-822-2222 if you see anything suspicious. In this case, the timely interventions of the UBC campus community led to a safe outcome and we applaud all of those who proactively intervened to help a fellow community member.