Gastown 'taxi' assault suspect van caught on camera
Police in Vancouver hope releasing surveillance video will bring in tips to ID driver
Police have released surveillance footage that appears to show the suspect van involved in the brutal beating and sexual assault of a North Vancouver woman last week in Vancouver.
"Police now believe that the van in the video was involved in the sexual assault of the woman. The images of the vehicle were captured on a CCTV camera following the incident," the Vancouver Police Department said in a written statement.
At about 2 a.m. PT last Saturday, the 25-year-old woman flagged down and got into what she thought was a taxi in the 100 block of Water St. near Abbott St. in Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood.
The driver then took the woman to an area in East Vancouver where she was beaten and sexually attacked. She managed to escape and get help from someone nearby, who called 911 for her. She was taken to hospital for treatment of her injuries and has since been released.
The VPD said the suspect vehicle is an older model, dark minivan with sliding doors on both sides.
The driver is described as an Aboriginal man, approximately 35 to 39 years old and 5’11″ to 6′ tall. He is obese with a large belly, probably weighs between 230 and 250 pounds and has a shaved head.
Police said Saturday that no arrests have been made, and no suspects have yet been identified.