Suspect arrested after he shares bus with victim

Saanich Police locate suspect from March 5 sexual assault near Uptown after he shares bus with victim

The suspect from a March 5 sexual assault near Uptown has been arrested after the two were sharing the same bus on Monday.

Shortly before 11 a.m., the victim was on a B.C. Transit bus when she recognized the suspect sitting at the back of the bus. She informed the driver of the incident and that the suspect was currently on the bus. The driver was able to contact Saanich Police and stop the bus until they arrived.

“The survivor of this incident is an incredibly brave woman.  She managed to talk about the incident, with the [bus] driver, in order for the suspect to be brought into custody,” acting Sgt. Jereme Leslie said. “Saanich Police would also like to thank B.C. Transit for their quick actions.”

A 33 year old Saanich man, who is known to police, was arrested. The accused will appear in court today with Saanich Police recommending one count of sexual assault.

The initial incident took place on March 5 at around 11:15 p.m. Police were contacted by a woman who stated she had been sexually assaulted in the area of Carey Road and Ravine Way. She had been walking in the area and was approached from behind by an unknown man.  He grabbed her arm and breast before he fled on foot towards Cadillac Avenue.

 

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