Beaten escort questions links to suspicious New West deaths 0
The building where two murdered women lived in New Westminster, B.C.,Tuesday August 27, 2013. (KEVIN HILL/ 24 HOURS)
A Lower Mainland escort who was allegedly beaten by a client — nearly to death, she claims — a few months before two escorts were found dead in New Westminster this month, is now questioning whether the latest cases are related to hers.
Crystal Powers, whose real name is being withheld at her request, was hospitalized on April 22 after a new client allegedly knocked her unconscious.
Powers, 41, said on Tuesday her landlord and neighbour had rushed to tell her of the New Westminster deaths immediately after that story hit the news this week.
Police issued a public warning Monday about the suspicious deaths of Jill Lyons, 45 and Karen Nabors, 48, on Aug. 12 and Aug. 25, respectively in the 200-block of 11th Street in New Westminster.
Powers said that in her case she was beaten “beyond recognition.”
“Two minutes before (the suspect) knocked me out he was telling me how beautiful I was. I had no idea,” she said.
“There was blood everywhere.”
A 24-year-old man was arrested according to police. He was charged with assault causing bodily harm.
Court records show he was released on bail the same day.
Ridge Meadows RCMP said the information in the Powers case was made available to other police agencies, and agencies that work with sex trade workers, almost immediately after the alleged assault.
A spokesman said no public warning was issued in the Powers case because a suspect was arrested almost immediately.
Sgt. Jennifer Pound, speaking for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said police would be liaising with other law enforcement agencies to compile their information for the investigation in the two deaths.
“If there’s anything from a criminal point of view that points to other cases — not necessarily suspicious deaths — but other situations involving escorts, I’m sure that IHIT is investigating all and every potential link,” added New West police Insp. Phil Eastwood.
Powers, who has been an escort for the past three years, has now armed herself with five security cameras in her home, and also plans to install an emergency button to notify others in case of an attack.