Sketches of the suspect. Surrey RCMP say the sketch on the right, was done Friday. Descriptions came from different victims but police believe it’s one man, due to the suspect’s car and geography of attacks.


Police believe one man responsible for spate of Surrey sex assaults

RCMP release sketches of groping suspect Friday afternoon

SURREY — Police say they believe one person is responsible for three recent groping incidents in Newton.

Surrey RCMP continue to investigate if the same man is responsible for five more, dating back to March 15.

The Special Victims Unit has conduct of the investigations, which is made up of experienced investigators who specialize in solving sexual offences that are potentially “serial” in nature or “stranger” related.

Two different victims provided a similar description of their attacker, leading to two different composite sketches. Surrey RCMP showed both sketches at a press conference Friday (May 25), including one that was previously released on May 18, and one that was released for the first time, completed just before the media event began.

Police say the suspect in all three cases is described as South Asian man, 5’10”, medium build, dark hair and may or may not have facial hair.

Surrey RCMP are also looking for the suspect vehicle, a grey or brown Honda Accord (between 1998 and 2002), with tinted windows and a sunroof, and have released traffic camera footage of the vehicle they believe was used in two incidents.

“Sexual assaults are disturbing crimes and can generate apprehension in the community,” said Staff Sergeant Major Beth McAndie with the Major Crimes section. “On behalf of the Surrey RCMP I want to assure you that we are committed to public safety and locating the person responsible for these incidents.”

McAndie said sometimes, when police see a series of incidents such as this after a person goes through a “personal crisis.”

“If this is the case, we encourage you to come forward to speak to us,” she said, her comment directed at the suspect.

See related: RCMP warns public after woman allegedly groped in Newton (May 21, 2018)

See related: Surrey RCMP issue warning after third sexual assault since Sunday (May 23, 2018)

The first assault happened on April 24. Police say a woman was walking in the area of 84th Avenue and King George Boulevard when a man walking in the opposite direction grabbed her arm and groped her. The man ran away when the victim screamed.

Police say a woman was then assaulted Sunday (May 20) at about 5:15 a.m. Surrey RCMP say a woman walking down the street near 144th Street and 76th Avenue was “grabbed by the arm and groped by a male suspect who passing in the opposite direction.” The woman fought back, and the suspect ran away.

Then, around 4:45 a.m. on Monday, May 21, a woman walking east on 72nd Avenue at 134 Street was grabbed from behind an sexually assaulted by an unknown man, police say.

On Friday, police declined to release more details about the attacks, or the severity of the assaults.

“The information we have released to the public about these incidents is not intended to raise fear, but to raise awareness about this investigation,” said McAndie. “We want community members to know that we are looking for a man who has violated women in Surrey, and we are asking for your help to locate him and the suspect vehicle.”

Surrey RCMP ask anyone with information to call 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or

With files from Black Press

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Amy on Twitter

Just Posted

Sisters, sexual abuse and one Surrey family’s bond in new movie ‘Because We Are Girls’

Cloverdale’s Jeeti Pooni led effort to create the documentary, set to debut at festivals

Khan Michael Bourne, of Sechelt, shot dead in Surrey

Police say Bourne was found laying on the ground, with gunshot wounds

VIDEO: Surrey RCMP investigating after ‘sudden death’ of man found with critical injuries

Police say a man is dead after being found laying on the ground in the 13300-block of 114th Avenue

Earth Day-inspired exhibit focuses on reclaimed fabrics

Semiahmoo Shopping Centre hosts Our Social Fabric display

VIDEO: Surrey stabbing leaves man with ‘potentially life altering injuries’

Police believe an altercation between two people led to the incident, in the 13700-block of 97A Ave.

VIDEO: ‘Alarm bells’ raised by footage allegedly from B.C. pig farm, SPCA says

PETA released video Wednesday showing dead and injured piglets next to nursing piglets

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Can you put your phone down for Mother’s Day?

#DiningMode campaign encourages people to leave the phone alone while eating

Horgan heckled as gas prices sit at record high, could go up more

Premier John Horgan blames refiners, not taxes

SPCA investigating after newborn kittens found in Vancouver dumpster

The kittens were found suffering from hypothermia and dehydration

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

Many teens don’t know they’re vaping nicotine, Health Canada finds

Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey finds youth unaware of nicotine product risk

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

Most Read