One month after a 19-year-old woman was raped and robbed in the trails behind Douglas Park, the victim’s purse with all her identification inside was dropped off on the steps of the Langley City Community Police Office last week.
Sometime overnight from Sept. 23 to 24, the purse was left at the front door of the Langley City CPO, said police spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks.
The CPO co-ordinator retrieved the purse, located the ID and realized it belonged to the sexual assault victim from August. The City CPO, at 204 Street and Douglas Crescent, isn’t far from where the teen was sexually assaulted.
Serious Crime investigators are continuing to follow up on the nearly 300 tips received relating to the two sexual assaults that took place this summer in June and August. Once the sketch created by the second victim’s description was released, police quickly realized they were likely dealing with one suspect for both sexual assaults.
On June 22, a 16-year-old girl was waiting for a bus in Brookswood when a man pulled up in a silver hatchback and ordered her to get in. He drove her to the Christian Life Assembly parking lot where he sexually assaulted her at knifepoint. He then dropped her off at the Logan Avenue bus loop.
Then on Aug. 20, around 8 p.m., a 19-year-old was walking near Douglas Park when she was attacked from behind, pushed to the ground and raped at knifepoint. The suspect then took her purse and iPod before fleeing on a bicycle. During the attack he wore swimming goggles.
Police say the purse will be examined by the Forensic Identification team in an attempt to locate evidence that will assist police in determining the identity of the suspect.
Police would very much like to speak with the individual who located the purse, said Marks.
“The return of the purse generates many more questions, such as: Where was the purse found? When was the purse found? Was it given to the individual to turn in? If so, by who? These questions don’t even scratch the surface,” she said.
Police are asking the public if they may have seen the purse being left at the CPO. If you observed the drop-off, call Langley RCMP and provide whatever information you can to help with the investigation.
There have been no new reports of incidents involving this suspect, said police.
The suspect is described as Caucasian, 50-years-old, six feet tall, heavy build, balding with grey-blond hair, pale blue eyes and a full beard.
If you have any information about this purse or this suspect call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.