Woman attacked by unknown man while walking in Burnaby

Credit to Author: Scott Brown| Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2020 23:53:05 +0000

Burnaby RCMP is asking the public to take safety precautions when walking alone after a woman was assaulted in a residential neighbourhood Sunday night.

The woman told police she was walking along Gray Avenue near Victory Street around 11 p.m. when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown man, who covered her mouth and wrapped his other arm around her body. Police say the woman managed to scare her attacker off when she ducked down to the ground and started screaming.

The man was last seen running westbound on Victory Street before turning into a nearby alleyway.

Police went to the area but didn’t find the attacker, who was described as a young, white male with a slim build. He was wearing a black hoodie and black gloves with white lettering.

The RCMP say the woman suffered a minor injury.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

In the meantime, Burnaby RCMP has issued the following safety advice for people out walking, particularly in the early morning and late evening:

• If you see anything suspicious please contact police immediately;

• Be mindful of your surroundings and your own personal safety;

• Try to walk in well-lit areas where there are other people around;

• Try not to walk alone, instead walk in pairs or groups particularly in the evening;

• Do not wear headphones or become distracted by your phone when you’re walking — it’s important to be aware of your surroundings at all times.