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Suspect in Transit sexual assaults arrested, police say

FILE (Courtesy Metro Vancouver Transit Police)

An appeal to the public by police has led to the arrest of a suspect

Metro Vancouver Transit Police were searching for a man connected to sexual assaults

The incidents were reported in August on several Skytrains

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — A suspect wanted in connection to a sexual assault investigation onboard the SkyTrain has been arrested, Metro Vancouver Transit Police say.

On Friday, police thanked the public for their efforts in finding the suspect, a day after they released an appeal for information.

Police say the investigation began after a man allegedly exposed his genitals to a female passenger on Aug. 3. The incident was one of several reported to police in connection to a suspect matching a similar description.

“A woman sitting onboard the SkyTrain noticed a man sitting directly across from her, despite a nearly empty train. When she looked toward the man, he was allegedly staring back at her with his genitals exposed while masturbating. The victim quickly moved to another part of the train,” police said.

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A video of the suspect was reviewed, and images were released in hopes of finding the person connected to the incidents.

“Before and after the alleged incident, he rode trains for an extensive period of time along the Millennium Line and the Expo Line west of Commercial-Broadway, getting on and off trains and approaching multiple women, revealing a predatory nature to his actions,” a statement says.

Police did not say if they will be recommending charges in this investigation.

Anyone who sees suspicious or illegal behaviour on transit should call Metro Vancouver Transit Police tip line at 604.516.7419 or text us at 87.77.77.