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A 22-year-old woman in Vancouver was reportedly attacked and kicked to the ground by a stranger after she was made sexual advances.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) says the incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in East Vancouver. The victim, a resident of South Vancouver, was waiting at a bus stop near Knight Street and East 57 Avenue.
Police say he was approached by a stranger wearing a puffy red jacket with a fur-lined hood.
“The man showed the woman a condom and a pornographic picture on his phone before proposing to her,” says Sgt. Steve Addison in an emailed statement. “When the woman refused and walked away, the man kicked her from behind and threw her to the ground.”
Fortunately, the victim was not seriously injured. He managed to get up and flee from the suspect, who also fled.
Investigators have since obtained security footage of the suspect from a nearby business. He is described as an Asian man in his 20s with a small build and short dark hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a red ski jacket, a white hoodie, red leather pants, and Air Force 1 basketball shoes. He also had a black and red camouflage backpack.
“The violent and sexual nature of this incident has us very concerned about public safety,” adds Addison. “We are telling the public about this case, because we are concerned that someone else might get hurt.”
Anyone with information or who recognizes it should call the police at 604-717-0600.