Police are continuing to investigate following a kidnapping and sexual assault in the city last night.
Police were called out to the incident at about 4:30 a.m. to the Heritage area.
Through investigation officers have learned that a woman was fixing a flat tire at a gas station near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Tabor Boulevard at approximately 2 a.m.. A man left a nearby parked vehicle and offered to help. The two were unable to fix the tire, so the man offered to give the woman a ride.
While driving her home, the man missed several turns and turned into a parking lot, believed to be on Foothills Boulevard, where he sexually assaulted her, according to police. The victim was able to fend off her attacker and fled on foot.
The suspect is described as:
- South Asian man with a slight accent
- Mid to late 20s
- Brown eyes
- Short brown hair
- Short, well-groomed facial hair
- Called himself ‘Jax’
The suspect’s vehicle is described as:
- Older model four-door sedan, possibly a BMW
- White or grey in colour
A similar incident occurred during the late night of May 14, 2017 when a female runner was attacked from behind along Foothills Boulevard, just a few blocks from this morning’s incident.
The suspect also fits the description of a man that committed three indecent acts in Prince George in the early part of 2017, although they were in different areas.
The Prince George RCMP would like to warn the public and offer some safety tips:
- Lighting – Stay in well-lit areas and near businesses that can offer safety in the event of an incident;
- Stay in public areas – travel in areas where people are likely to be or go to businesses that are open and can offer assistance;
- Safety in Numbers – Whenever possible, NEVER travel alone;
- Phone for help – Call a trusted friend or family member if you find yourself alone;
- Call police – If your safety is at risk or you feel threatened, call 9-1-1 immediately.
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The Prince George RCMP are requesting the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for this attack. If you have any information about this violent Criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword “pgtips”. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.