Vancouver police to announce sex assault charges 0
Vancouver police are expected to announce charges Wednesday following the sexual assault of a woman in downtown Vancouver last week.
A 26-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm after a woman was allegedly dragged from a downtown Vancouver bus stop and pulled into an alley where she was attacked last week.
Dustin Burwood, who has had extensive run-ins with police, remains in custody. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham said Wednesday the woman fought back against the alleged attacker before passersby heard her screams and intervened.
“Her attacker ran away and attempted to get in a number of taxis where all the drivers refused this person’s service,” he said.
Detective Const. Lorena Andersen of the sex crime unit said investigators obtained a photo of a person of interest, which led to Burwood’s arrest Saturday.
The 25-year-old victim was taken to hospital following the attack, which occurred at about 3 a.m. on Jan. 30. She was treated for injuries to her face, back and leg.
“It’s the emotional injuries that are going to take a long time to heal,” Andersen noted, adding investigators believed the attack could be related to another that occurred in the city on New Year’s Eve.