Man, 23, charged in Whalley kidnapping case

SURREY – Surrey RCMP has charged a young Surrey man in the Aug. 27 kidnapping and sexual assault of a nine-year-old Whalley girl he is accused of luring out of her home late that night.

Donovan Christopher Adams, 23, of no fixed address, was arrested Thursday night and is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, sexual interference, breaking and entering and committing an indecent act.

Police say the victim, who cannot be identified, was lured out of her open ground-floor bedroom window in Cedar Hills, taken to a nearby park, molested and left in a nearby yard. She then ran home and told her mom “We’re grateful she was able to flee to safety,” Supt. Trent Rolfe said.

Rolfe held back many details during a press conference Tuesday, saying the case is now before the court.

“I can say this young girl was very brave. She helped us catch this man.”

“Considering the circumstances,” he said, she is doing “remarkably well.”

The suspect and victim didn’t know each other, Rolfe said.

“He didn’t know her. He had the opportunity.”

It’s a “very unusual” case, he said.

Rolfe said the suspect was arrested “in the area” of Robson Park, “which is where the assault occurred.

“So I guess to go with the belief he won’t return to the scene of the crime is incorrect.”

Police were canvassing the neighbourhood for clues when they spotted the suspect, Rolfe said.

“He is known to the police, that is about as much as I can say.

“The investigative team continued to work tirelessly through the weekend, despite having a male in custody, to ensure we have the right man, as we gathered, sifted and pored through the evidence.”

tzytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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