Following three attacks in South Vancouver, police are warning women to be aware of their surroundings.
The first incident happened in April 20 when an elderly Asian woman was groped from behind while walking between Oak Street and West 55th Avenue. The second occurred on June 17 near West 30th Avenue and Granville Street where another elderly Asian woman was hit between the legs.
The most recent attack was Friday, Oct. 3 on West 64th Avenue between Granville and Oak streets where a middle-aged Asian woman was attacked in a similar fashion. She pursued him but was punched in the face and knocked to the ground. She was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Police describe the attacker as five foot 10 inches tall, between 35-40 years old with a medium build and dark clothing.
Langara’s security and safety manager, David Aucoin, said the school security guards focus on 49th Avenue, making sure students get off busses and into school safely.
Rebecca Delarue, design formation student at Langara, said these incidents remind her of last fall’s series of attacks at UBC.
“It sounds like it’s continuing and it’s more of a threat,” she said.
Below is a map of the locations of the three attacks.
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