A woman who says she was sexually assaulted at a bus stop in New Westminster is speaking out to warn the public about the assailant and thank the man who helped her.
Nicole Montojo says she was on her way to work on Thursday when a man approached her from across the street, walked up behind her, and pulled down her pants.
"I was really shocked," she said. "I was just like, what the hell just happened?"
Montojo says she worries about what might have happened if another man at the bus stop hadn't jumped in to help.
She says the Good Samaritan intervened and an altercation ensued between him and her alleged attacker.
Nicole Montojo's mother, Helen, says the incident is deeply concerning for her because her family lives close to the bus stop.
"This is a peaceful place, but now I'm scared!" she said.
Nicole Montojo says she won't let the attack change her daily commute to work, but she is sending a warning to her community about the man she says assaulted her.
She also says she also hopes to thank the Good Samaritan who came to her rescue.
"Something worse might have happened if I was just there by myself," she said.
On Friday, New Westminster police said they're looking for a man they say is responsible for two sex offences committed 30 minutes apart on Thursday.
They say the second incident happened around 5:30 p.m. PT in the same area. The man approached a woman in her vehicle and exposed himself before she drove away.
Police are looking through surveillance video from nearby businesses and making a plea for any witnesses to come forward.
Officers describe the suspect as:
- Five feet, eight inches tall.
- Aged mid-to-late-20s.
- Has a goatee.
- Has dirty blonde hair.
Anyone who has any information about the suspect is asked to call NWPD at 604-525-5411.