STORY 3 ITEM 9

SQUAMISH RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a sexual assault that occurred at about 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, November 17 at the Squamish Community Garden Plots, near Highway 99 and Mamquam Road.

The victim was at the garden plot when the suspect approached and engaged her in conversation about the area. Although his English was poor he indicated he had come to the area possibly three months prior and claimed to live somewhere towards the west side of Highway 99 and Mamquam Road. The male also indicated that he was possibly a farmer in India, where he used to grow sugarcane.

Police say the suspect began asking the woman personal questions, then tried to embrace her, touching her in an inappropriate manner. When rebuffed, the suspect tried to carry on a conversation as if nothing had happened. The victim left the area immediately afterwards.

The suspect was described as a South Asian, about 50 years of age, 5’6″, with a stocky build, clean shaven, and wearing a blue turban and dark windbreaker. He was described as having eyes that protruded or “stuck out”, bulging.

Another unknown female gardener was present earlier, who the suspect had spoken to before approaching the victim. This woman had left prior to the incident. The RCMP would like to speak to this woman as part of the ongoing investigation.

If anyone has information relating to this investigation the police file number to refer to is 2013-7679.

If anyone has any information relating to this or any other crimes, they are asked to contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.