Surrey RCMP issue warning after sex assault

Surrey RCMP have issued a public warning after a teen was sexually assaulted in the area of 93 Avenue and 126 Street on Sunday night.

A 17-year-old girl went to Senator Reid Elementary School shortly after 11 p.m. to meet someone from the Internet that she believed to be an old acquaintance. Instead, she was sexually assaulted by a man with a knife.

Investigators believe the the attack may be related to two other attempts because all were committed in the same area of Surrey by a man who covered his face with a balaclava.

In all cases, the teenage victims agreed to meet someone they'd been in contact with on the Internet.

"We're in a position where feel we have to put out this public advisory because we feel there are now three events potentially linked to the same suspect," said Surrey RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Roger Morrow.

The first incident happened Nov. 27, 2007 at about 9:20 p.m. when a 16-year-old girl went to Senator Reid Elementary to meet someone she'd talked to online.

The girl was approached by a man carrying a can of pepper spray and demanding sex, but she ran toward the school where a caretaker was working and police were called.

The second incident occurred Sunday at approximately 2 a.m., when a man accosted two women in their late teens in the area of 125 Street and 92 Avenue. The suspect's face was covered and he brandished a knife while demanding money or sex. He grabbed one of the women, but she escaped and the two ran to a nearby home as they called 911 on a cell phone.

The most recent victim described her attacker as South Asian and approximately 20 years of age. His face was covered with a bandana and he wore a red hoodie and black plants.

Police are also concerned that two of the victims agreed to meet someone they had contact with over the Internet.

"There is a positive side to the Internet, but there is also a dark and nefarious side," Morrow said. "The request is once again made to parents to have a very serious conversation with their kids, particularly teenage girls, with regard to the potential hazard the Internet poses."

Anyone with information about the attacks is asked to contact Const. Bruce Crabb at 604-599-7682.

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