Police seek witnesses and video following brazen stranger assault

Coquitlam, Information Wanted

2023-09-08 13:39 PDT

File # 2023-24214

Coquitlam RCMP are seeking additional witnesses and video following a brazen stranger assault near Hoy Creek Trail in Coquitlam.

Coquitlam RCMP Frontline officers responded to an assault in progress near Hoy Creek Trail located near Glen Drive and Johnson Street in Coquitlam at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2023. A witness reported that a woman was being assaulted by a man and multiple people were intervening.

The suspect fled on foot, but was followed by witnesses. Responding officers quickly located and arrested the suspect who was hiding in a nearby store.

The victim reported that an unknown male grabbed her while she was walking alone. The victim fought back before witnesses intervened. The victim suffered minor physical injuries.

We want to commend the victim who fought back against her attacker and the witnesses who came to her aid. The public’s quick response to this incident helped police locate the suspect swiftly and most likely prevented further injuries to the victim, said Superintendent Keith Bramhill, Officer in Charge of Coquitlam RCMP. These types of reports are very concerning for the community and our investigators. We want to reassure the public that maintaining safety is our top priority.

The suspect man is known to police.

The suspect is being held in custody pending his next court appearance.

We are asking anyone who have not yet spoken to our investigators who witnessed this assault to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2023-24214, said Media Relations Officer, Corporal Alexa Hodgins. We are also asking anyone who may have surveillance, dash-cam or cellphone video of the incident to contact our investigators.

If anyone has information regarding this assault, they are asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2023-24214.

Released by

Cpl. Alexa Hodgins

Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)

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