A Victoria man is in custody after two separate incidents of a sexual assault and an indecent act occurred Thursday. (File photo)

Suspect arrested after sexual assault, indecent act in Victoria

Man faces recommended charges for indecent act, sexual assault investigation remains ongoing

A Victoria man is in custody after two separate incidents of a sexual assault and an indecent act on Dec. 27.

Police officers were called to a business in the 600-block of Belleville Street late Thursday afternoon for a report of a sexual assault. When officers arrived, they were met by security staff, the victim and a bystander who had come to the victim’s aid during the assault.

The victim reported that a man had approached her in a bathroom and sexually assaulted her. The bystander, who was also in the bathroom, intervened and drove the man away.

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The victim was not physically injured in the assault and did not require medical attention. The bystander reported the incident to security, who in turn called police.

Patrol officers got a description of the suspect and began to search for him, but the suspect wasn’t found at that time.

Just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday night officers attended a parkade in the 500-block of Yates Street for a report that a man was committing an indecent act while following a woman.

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The victim’s description of the suspect matched the description of the suspect from the sexual assault which happened a few hours earlier.

The victim in this incident was also not physically injured.

Officers found the suspect and took him into custody.

The man faces recommended charges for the indecent act. The sexual assault investigation remains ongoing.

VicPD’s message to survivors of sexualized violence is We Believe You. For information on supports in reporting sexualized violence visit vicpd.ca/webelieveyou.


 

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