The victim, who is described as Asian and in her 20s, was waiting at a bus stop on 41st Avenue near Earles Street, when a man approached and began speaking to her at about 11:30 a.m., according to a police news release.
Police said the suspect is described as Asian, about 40-years-old, with short black hair, and an average build. He was wearing sunglasses, a white tank top, black shorts, and sandals at the time of the incident.
Before the bus arrived, the woman realized she'd forgotten something and started walking home. The suspect followed her, then sexually assaulted her inside.
Woman followed home, sexually assaulted in Vancouver
Police are describing the suspect as Asian and about 40 years old, with short black hair and an average build. He was wearing sunglasses, a white tank top, black shorts and sandals at the time.
Any witnesses or people with dashcam video from the area are asked to call 604-717-0604 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
A bus stop is seen on East 41st Avenue near Earles Street in Vancouver, B.C. on Friday, May 24, 2019. Police say a woman was followed home from a bus stop in the area on Thursday morning and sexually assaulted.
Police are investigating a disturbing sexual assault in East Vancouver thats left neighbours both shocked and worried.
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Authoriites said the incident began when the victim, an Asian woman in her 20s, was waiting by herself at a bus stop around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, on East 41 Avenue just east of Earles Street.
A stranger approached and began talking with her. Police said the woman realized she had forgotten something at home, and left the bus stop, walking south on Earles.
"This man apparently caught up with her," Const. Steve Addison said. "[He] was able to follow her into her residence, and…[she] was attacked and sexually assaulted."
They described the suspect as an Asian man in his early 40s, with short black hair and an average build. At the time of the assault, he was wearing a white tank top, black shorts, sandals and sunglasses.
"Im really surprised, because I think its very safe here," a neighbour named Ruvi who commutes by bus to university told CTV News. "I never thought something like that could happen here."
She added that up until now she felt comfortable walking alone to the bus stop on East 41st alone during the day, but never at night.
“The man was able to follow her into her residence, and it was there that the woman was attacked and sexually assaulted,” said Const. Steve Addison.
Police wouldnt say if additional resources, including foot patrols, were being deployed to the neighbourhood of mostly single-family homes.
Anyone with dash cam footage, surveillance video, or who may have seen either the suspect or victim should contact detectives from the VPDs Sex Crimes Unit at 604-717-0604, or anonymously at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
BREAKING Woman in her 20s followed home Thurs. at 11:30a from East Van bus stop at 41st and Earles, attacked and sexually assaulted in her own home. @VancouverPD looking for Asian male suspect: approx 40 w short black head. Wearing white tank top and black shorts at time. pic.twitter.com/vHQCSb0AdV
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