BY BILL PHILLIPS
A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to a September 3 kidnapping and sexual assault in Prince George.
Sukhjinder Singh, from Prince George, has been charged with sexual assault and kidnapping.
At about 2 a.m. September 3, a woman was fixing a flat tire at a gas station near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Tabor Boulevard. 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.
“Our investigation, supported by forensic evidence and assistance from the public, has led to an arrest,” said Inspector Shaun Wright, Operations Officer for the Prince George RCMP. “… It’s important to note that, while disturbing, incidents such as this are relatively rare.”
He said the two were not known to each other and would not say whether the victim has identified Singh. He added Singh was not known to police.
The kidnapping and sexual assault follows another sexual assault near Foothills Boulevard earlier this year.
“We’re aware of that incident and some similarities,” he said. “There is insufficient evidence at this time to link the two and support charges.”
The Prince George RCMP would like to remind the public to call 9-1-1 immediately if your safety is at risk or you feel threatened.