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Man arrested after woman groped on bus in Surrey

Last Updated Mar 10, 2020 at 6:59 am PDT

FILE - RCMP. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

A man has been arrested after a woman said she was groped on a bus in Surrey

The incident happened Friday afternoon

Metro Vancouver Transit Police are still investigating

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — An arrest has been made in a sexual assault investigation after a woman said she was groped on a Surrey bus Friday.

Sgt. Clint Hampton with the Metro Vancouver Transit Police said it happened on the 319 bus around 4 p.m. A man was identified and arrested by Surrey RCMP.

“Transit police later attended and took custody of that person, and have now taken over the investigation,” Hampton said to NEWS 1130.

The arrest took place on the tail of the collaborative “Hands Off!” anti-groping campaign which launched in late November and was aimed at reducing sexual assault in public spaces. Transit Police, the VPD, and BarWatch partnered for this campaign.

“That file is still under investigation, but a reminder to anyone who believes that’s acceptable behaviour; any groping, fondling, or unwanted touching is a sexual assault,” Hampton said. “When we have something like this reported to us, it is a serious incident. It’s treated seriously and it’s investigated thoroughly.”

-With files from Jon Szekeres