July 29, 2019
Last updated: July 26, 3:40 p.m.
Please be alerted that the Burnaby RCMP issued the following this afternoon:
This morning, just after 5 a.m., Burnaby RCMP responded to a report of a sexual assault that is alleged to have occurred at UniverCity.
According to the female victim, at around 4:30 a.m., while out walking she was approached by a man at Highland Court and University Crescent. The man is alleged to have approached the victim, assaulted her and then attempted to sexually assault her. The suspect left the area seconds after attempting to sexually assault the victim, it is unknown in what direction he then went.
The suspect is described as:
It is very early in the police investigation into this incident and officers are continuing interviews and video canvassing throughout the day. At this time there is nothing to suggest that this incident is connected to a previous assault that took place on a trail near SFU on July 14, 2019.
Police are asking that anyone who may have been in the area of Highland Court, University Crescent or University High Street at 4:30 a.m., Friday morning and may have seen anything suspicious to please contact Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999. If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
Additionally, if you were driving in the area at this time and have any dashcam video you are asked to contact police.
Please continue to follow the safety advice below when walking, particularly at night.
We understand the concern this may cause within our University community. Your safety is a priority for us. SFU has increased security presence on campus; security continues to patrol to look for suspicious activity and offer assistance to our community. We are cooperating closely with the RCMP to support their investigation.
SFU Safety reminders and resources: