Surrey RCMP investigates groping on Surrey/Langley border

A woman was groped in the Willoughby area, the second groping in recent weeks.

The Surrey RCMP is investigating two recent groping incidents, including one on the Surrey/Langley border.

Surrey RCMP is investigating two separate incidents of sexual assault that occurred during the last three weeks and is asking for the public’s help to catch the men who did this.

On Jan. 7, at 2:20 a.m. another woman was walking near 72nd Avenue and 196th Street when a male suspect groped her from behind and tried to take her to the ground. The victim fought the male off who eventually fled on foot. This suspect is only described as wearing a dark blue coat and black pants.

On Dec. 22, 2016, at 12:40 a.m., a woman was walking near 120A Street and 92A Avenue.  She was wearing headphones when she was grabbed from behind and groped by a male. The male fled on foot after hearing police sirens in the distance. The suspect is described as being in his 20’s, 5’10”, with a medium build. The suspect was wearing all black clothing at the time of the incident.

Surrey RCMP’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) is leading these two investigations.  SVU is a team of specialized officers that focus on sex related crimes.

“Thankfully neither victim was physically injured during these attacks,” said Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “Investigators at this time have not found any links between the two incidents.  We are reminded of the need for all pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially late at night when walking alone.”

The Surrey RCMP encourages pedestrians to follow these simple steps to reduce the likelihood of being victimized:

* Walk with confidence. Keep your head up and know where you are going.

* Limit distractions. Store mobile phones and other valuables out of sight and remove your headphones.

* Call a friend. Let someone know where you are going.

* Stay visible. Stick to well-lit areas and don’t wear dark clothing at night.

* Keys ready. Have your car or house keys ready before you reach the door.

Anyone with more information is that can help identify these suspects is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.