Suspect sought in alleged sexual assault in Vernon

By 1075 Beach Radio News/ Pete McIntyre
May 16, 2018 - 10:10am

VERNON — RCMP are investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the Okanagan Landing area Monday afternoon.

“On May 14, 2018, just before 4:00 pm, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of an adult female who was allegedly sexually assaulted while walking home in the 2400 block of Fulton Road, Vernon. After the alleged incident, the suspect male fled on foot. Vernon North Okanagan RCMP General Duty officers were immediately dispatched to the area but the suspect was not located,” says Cst. Kelly Brett.

The victim, who was uninjured, describes the suspect as a Caucasian male, approximately 50 years old, wearing a white t-shirt, blue shorts and a black hat.

“The police are pursuing all avenues of the investigation to identify the suspect,” says Brett. “We are looking for any witnesses who may have been in the area or heard anything at the time of the assault to come forward and speak to police”.

While the investigation is still in its early stages, RCMP are offering a few safety tips for residents to heighten their safety, including:

-Don’t take short cuts. Use main routes and avoid lanes, forested or secluded areas.
-Walk with friends.
-Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
-Phone home when leaving a friend’s house and say when you will be home.
-Trust your instincts.
-Phone home if you are going to be delayed, or if your plans change.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.

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