The purse belonging to the victim of a sexual assault was dropped off in front of a Langley RCMP Community Police Office, and police hope it can provide new leads.
The purse was dropped off sometime overnight Sept. 23 or early Sept. 24, in front of the door at the City Community Policing Office on Douglas Crescent, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.
The office coordinator retrieved the purse and found ID inside belonging to the second of two recent victims.
Police have now pounced on this new lead and are hoping that the purse itself, or the person who dropped it off, can answer some vital questions.
Investigators aren’t speculating about who may have dropped it off.
“We don’t have a supposition,” said Marks.
Whoever left it there, the police would very much like to speak to them. If they were simply being a Good Samaritan and returning the purse, even basic information might help.
Police have a number of questions, including:
• Where was the purse found?
• When was the purse found?
• Was it given to the individual who turned it in? If so, by who?
“These questions don’t even scratch the surface,” said Marks.
“If you are the person who deposited the purse on the doorstep, please call Langley RCMP,” Marks said in a statement. “If you feel you must remain anonymous, please contact CrimeStoppers. You can maintain you anonymity, and police can have CrimeStoppers staff relay questions.”
Forensic investigators are examining the purse to try to determine the identity of the suspect.
Police are also asking that anyone who saw the purse being left at the CPO please call the RCMP with any information, as it might assist the investigation.
The purse is linked to one of two recent brazen sexual assaults on Langley women.
It was stolen from a woman who was attacked on Aug. 20 while walking near Douglas Park, in the 20600 block of 56th Avenue.
The victim was walking when she was attacked from behind, pushed to the ground, and threatened with a knife while her attacker told her not to scream.
After assaulting her, the man took her purse and iPod before fleeing on a bicycle, said Marks.
He wore what appeared to be swimming goggles during the attack.
The victim’s description of her attacker was very close to that given by the first victim, who was attacked on June 22.
A 16-year-old girl was abducted from a Brookswood bus stop, driven to a church parking lot on 56th Avenue, and sexually assaulted and threatened with a knife.
The suspect was driving a small, newer model silver hatchback.
The man is described as Caucasian, about 50 years old, 6’0”, with a heavy build, balding with grey-blond hair, and a full beard. He was wearing a blue-grey shirt and pants, and sunglasses during the first attack.
Langley RCMP have received more than 300 tips related to the two attacks, and consider it a major investigation.
Anyone with information that could assist police in any way should call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200. Should you need to remain anonymous, please call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or visit www.solvecrime.ca, www.facebook.com/metrovancouvercrimestoppers, or text your information starting with BCTIP to CRIMES (274637).
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