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Burnaby mom groped by stranger in broad daylight while walking her kids

Police say a man made an inappropriate comment and then sexually assaulted her.
Burnaby police are looking for an elderly suspect. Glacier file photo

Police are looking for help locating a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted in broad daylight while walking with her two children in Burnaby last week.

The woman was walking near Humphries Avenue and 18th Avenue at around 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21 when she was approached by a stranger, according to a Burnaby RCMP news release.

The man attempted to verbally engage with the woman before making an inappropriate comment and groping her, the release said.

The suspect then hugged the victim before leaving the area, according to police.

Burnaby RCMP are now looking for a 70- to 80-year-old Asian man with balding grey hair.

He is about five-foot-seven and was last seen wearing a red jacket that is believed to be Columbia brand.

The victim was not physically injured, according to police.  

An extensive video canvass has been conducted in connection to the assault, they said.

“This sexual assault happened in the middle of the day when the victim was walking with two young children,” Burnaby RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj said in the release. “We want the public to be aware that this has happened. If you have any information on the identity of the suspect in this case, our investigators want to hear from you.”

Police said there have been no other reports of similar incidents in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999. Quote file number 22-6079.

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