YORK REGIONAL POLICE
Investigators with the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Sexual Assault Section are seeking assistance to identify a person of interest in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in the City of Vaughan.
On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, York Regional Police received a report of a sexual assault that had occurred on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in the area of Jane Street and Major Mackenzie Drive. Investigators learned that a 16-year-old victim had exited a transit bus around 6 p.m. An unknown man followed the victim and sexually assaulted her by touching her inappropriately.
Investigators are releasing video and an image of a person of interest and are appealing for assistance to identify him. Investigators are also appealing to the drivers of the vehicles seen in the video to come forward as they may have witnessed the incident or may have dash cam video.
Person of interest description:
- Male, brown
- 30 to 40 years
- Medium build
- Dark hair
- Wearing a light-colored jacket, green pants and a black face mask
Vehicle of interest:
- 2018 Mazda 3
- Four door
Residents are reminded to always be aware of their surroundings and to avoid distractions whenever possible. If you spot any suspicious activity don’t hesitate and call police immediately.
A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. York Regional Police would like to encourage anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward and report the incident to police. There is no statute of limitations for sexual offences and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence.
If you are the survivor of sexual assault, you can report the incident online if:
- You are not in danger
- The person who assaulted you is not present
- There is no evidence present that may be collected by police (blood, semen, saliva, etc.). Evidence can be collected for up to 12 days after the sexual assault has occurred
- You have access to a private email address, to which the suspect does not have access
Use the following link for more information and to make an online report: https://www.yrp.ca/en/Online-Reporting.asp
Anyone with information is asked to call the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Sexual Assault Section at 1-866-876- 5423, ext. 7071, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.