Man charged in New West unprovoked assault

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with an unprovoked assault in New Westminster last week.

Police first put out a call to the public for help in identifying a suspect on Sept. 13 after the incident the day before.

Investigators say a woman called 9-1-1 around noon on Sept. 12 to say she had been assaulted in the area of 22nd Street and 7th Avenue.

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She said a man had made “sexualized comments” to her before he knocked her to the ground and kicked her. Police say the woman then reported that the suspect “produced an item believed to be a knife and further threatened her.”

Police say a suspect description was then shared with the public. A 31-year-old Surrey man was eventually arrested in connection with this case.

Mounib Bouazza has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of assault.

Anyone who has additional information is asked to contact investigators at 604.525.5411 and quote file 22-13838.

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