By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Feb. 05, 2014
Local RCMP has identified the suspect in a sexual assault case that took place in the community garden in Garibaldi Estates on Nov.17 last year.
The person can’t be identified as no formal charges have yet been laid, but Pride said the suspect is a local man in his 60s.
“The community pressure may have been applied for him to come forward and deal with the police.” Sgt. Wayne Pride.
Sgt. Pride said once the police released the sketch, some community members approached the police with information on who the man might have been.
“The community pressure may have been applied for him to come forward and deal with the police,” Pride said.
Pride said the man was cooperative and he was brought in to speak to the investigators.
“We did get the public’s cooperation and it’s much appreciated,” he added.
The assault occurred on a Saturday at 3:15 pm on Sunday, November 17th at the Squamish Community Garden Plots, near Hwy 99 and Mamquam Rd.
The victim was at the garden plot when the suspect approached and engaged her in conversation about the area.
Although his English was poor, he indicated he had come to the area possibly three months prior and claimed to live somewhere towards the west side of Hwy 99 and Mamquam Rd.
The male also indicated that he was possibly a sugar cane farmer in India.
The suspect began asking the woman personal questions and then tried to embrace her, touching her in an inappropriate manner.
When rebuffed, the suspect tried to carry on a conversation as if nothing had happened. The victim left the area immediately afterwards.
Police warn about imposters
Squamish RCMP has received a number of complaints in the past week about two males who have been knocking on doors claiming to be working for the Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross, meanwhile, told the police they have no activity going on in the area.
The police have received a number of calls regarding this and have found that in some cases there have been Red Cross reps in Squamish.
They should have the proper ID and materials with them to prove their affiliation.
Police has asked Red Cross to advise them of their activities in Squamish.
Sgt. Wayne Pride said the police will continue to respond to calls regarding suspicious solicitors.