WHALLEY – Police warned Surrey residents to keep their windows closed after a nine-year-old girl was lured out of her bedroom window in Whalley and sexually assaulted late Wednesday night.
Surrey RCMP received a call at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday from the girl’s mother who said her daughter had been taken from her bedroom where she was sleeping.
When they arrived at the home, in the 9900-block of 128th Street, RCMP learned that an unknown man lured the girl out of her open bedroom window.
Police say the man took the girl to a park where it is alleged he sexually assaulted her before taking her to a nearby yard and told her not to leave while he departed.
Once the suspect left, the girl returned home and found help from her mother.
No suspect description had been released as of early Friday afternoon.
"We’re working through that," Sgt.
Dale Carr said Thursday. "There will be an update in the coming days. We’re just working along with the nine-yearold trying to get something that is solid enough that it won’t muddy the waters."
Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit will be leading the investigation with help from Lower Mainland District Forensic Identification Section and additional investigative units.
Police spent time Thursday and Friday knocking on doors trying to find anyone who may have any information or saw anything out of the ordinary Wednesday night.
Police say this incident doesn’t appear to be related to the South Surrey sex assault on Aug. 18 or the White Rock incident on Aug. 7, but can’t rule it out just yet.
Carr emphasized the importance of residents following police recommendations to keep windows closed, despite the hot weather, until they have the suspect in custody.
"We’re warning people to be vigilant with their windows and to brace their windows with a stick or bars, or to close them altogether," Carr said.