Woman assaulted on Hope River Road

Chilliwack RCMP are looking for witnesses to an assault that happened on June 6 at approximately 11 p.m. on Fairfield Island.


A 46-year-old woman was jogging home along Hope River Road after leaving a friends house when she was assaulted by an unknown man near the front entrance to Gwynne Vaughan Park.  The woman fought back and the man ran south towards the river. The victim was taken by police to Chilliwack General Hospital, suffering superficial injuries. She was released from hospital shortly after.


The victim described the suspect as approximately 30 years old, caucasian, with short dark hair and a long, thin face.  He was wearing dark coloured pants and a dark coloured long-sleeved shirt.  The victim will be working with a sketch artist to compose a composite drawing of the suspect.  Once the composite is complete it will be shared with the public in hopes the suspect will be identified.  The victim and suspect are not known to each other, and at this time, investigators believe the intentions of the alleged suspect were sexual in nature.


"Police are in the initial stages of the investigation and are currently looking for any potential witnesses and are trying to determine the exact motive for this attack, said Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth. “In these types of investigations, the police rely on the public to assist us as they are the eyes and ears of the community. Obviously, this incident is very concerning to the police and at this point we can say this is an isolated incident.  We do, however, want to remind women, if possible, to jog with a friend, in daylight hours, and carry a cell phone."


If you were in the area and witnessed the assault or saw anyone suspicious in the area at the time of the assault, you are urged to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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