May 2016

Campus Safety Alert : May 1, 2016

This is a safety alert for the UBC Vancouver community.
The RCMP has issued a news release today advising of charges laid against two men in relation to a reported break and enter and sexual assault that occurred on April 30 in the 5700 block of Birney Avenue in Vancouver: http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2087&languageId=1&contentId=46320
Police are seeking the assistance of the campus community in investigating this incident and ask that you provide any information to the University Detachment RCMP at (604) 224-1322.
While these two men were arrested at the scene, it is still important to be vigilant about your surroundings and to look out for one another when travelling on campus. We want to remind you there are safety-related services available to you year-round like the AMS Safewalk Program, the Translink Community Shuttle, and UBC Blue Phones that connect directly with UBC Campus Security. For more information on these resources, please see: http://www.ubc.ca/staysafe
As warmer weather has arrived, it’s also important to remember:
Don’t prop open exterior doors or accessible windows in a residential building.
Don’t hold the door open for strangers following you into a residential building.
As always, please promptly report any suspicious people and activities to the RCMP.
We realize the recent incidents of voyeurism and sexual assault have been unsettling to the community and we share your concerns. UBC will continue to work with the police, Campus Security and other campus community partners to continuously look for ways to improve the safety of students, faculty and staff on campus. We will share more information about the recent incidents when possible as the police continue their investigation.
Sincerely,
Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

Campus Safety Alert: RCMP release statement on reported sexual assault – April 30th, 2016
UPDATE: Two suspects charged for break and enter, sexual assault, forcible confinement

University

2016-05-01 08:43 PDT

File # 2015-1257

Pursuant to an investigation by University RCMP Detachment, “E” Division Major Crime and other supporting units, charges have now been laid against two males in relation to allegations of sexual assault that occurred on April 30 in the 5700 block of Birney Avenue in Vancouver (click here to see previous release).

The charges are as follows:

David Singh TUCKER, 28 years, of University Endowment Lands, charged with:

  • Break and Enter
  • Sexual Assault Causing Bodily Harm (3 counts)
  • Forcible Confinement (3 counts)
  • Robbery (3 counts
  • Wearing a Mask with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence

Yuan Zhi GAO, 23 years, of Vancouver, charged with:

  • Break and Enter to Commit Robbery

Police can confirm that the victims and suspects were not known to each other.  Investigators are ensuring the victims are receiving appropriate support at this time.

The investigation is continuing.  Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the time the complaint was received is asked to contact University RCMP at (604)224-1322.

Released by

Sgt. Annie Linteau

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Lower Mainland District
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3 – Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-2889
Cell: 604-910-6892

The BC RCMP have released a statement on a reported sexual assault that took place on April 30th, 2016 at 2:15 am on UBC grounds. Read the statement below or on RCMP’s website.

Two Suspects in Custody in Alleged Sexual Assaults

2016-04-30 14:55 PDT

File # 2015-1257

On April 30, 2016 at 02:15 am, University RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress at an apartment building located in the 5700 block of Birney Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Police responded to the area immediately and two men were taken into custody outside the residence.

While the investigation remains in its preliminary stages, police can confirm that they are investigating allegations of sexual assault. The suspects and the victims are not known to each other.

University RCMP with support from the E Division Major Crime’s Criminal Investigations Unit are continuing their investigation and asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the time the complaint was received to contact University RCMP at (604)224-1322.

While the RCMP recognize that the onus is on all of us to ensure we treat others in a respectful manner, Police recommend the public, to consider the following safety tips:

  • Lock windows and doors even when absent for a short amount of time.
  • Don’t prop open exterior doors.
  • Don’t allow strangers to ‘tailgate’ you into apartment buildings.
  • Walk with a friend.
  • Beware of your surroundings by avoiding the use of headphones and the distracted use of cellular telephones when in public places.
  • Report promptly all suspicious persons and activities to the RCMP.

Additional support and safety resources can be found by visiting the BC RCMP website’s safety tips.

Released by

Sgt. Annie Linteau

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Lower Mainland District
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3 – Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-2889
Cell: 604-910-6892
Fax: 778-290-6114

Email: annie.linteau@rcmp-grc.gc.ca