Burnaby cops investigate after man grabs woman from behind on street

Burnaby RCMP responded to a report of an assault on a woman while she was out walking in the city Sunday night.

Police are investigating the incident, which reportedly happened just after 11 p.m. in the 7200 block of Gray Avenue.

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The woman told police she was walking in the area when an unknown man came from behind, covered her mouth and wrapped one of his arms around her body.

The woman was able to duck down to the ground and scream, causing the man to run away. He was last seen heading westbound on Victory Street before turning into a nearby alley.

Police attended the scene, but officers could not find the suspect. The victim suffered a minor injury as a result.

Police describe the suspect as a young Caucasian man with a slim build. At the time, he was wearing a black hoody and black gloves with white lettering on them.

Anyone who may have been in the area Sunday night and who may have seen something is asked to call Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-999, or if you’d like to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or at www.solvecrime.ca.

Police are reminding people to heed the following advice when out walking, especially during the early morning and late evening.

  • If you see anything suspicious, contact police immediately.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and your own personal safety.
  • Try to walk in well lit areas where there are other people around.
  • Try not to walk alone; instead walk in pairs or groups, particularly in the evening.
  • Do not wear headphones or become distracted by your phone when you’re walking – it’s important to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

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