Teenage boy sexually assaulted in North Vancouver park washroom: RCMP

The North Vancouver RCMP says a teenage boy was sexually assaulted inside a public washroom at a park last week.

Mounties say the boy stopped at Inter River Park along Premier Street to use the bathroom at around 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

“While the youth was using the urinals, the suspect approached and sexually assaulted them from behind. The victim was able to strike the suspect who then fled the scene,” Const. Mansoor Sahak said Wednesday.

He notes the RCMP was made aware of the incident on Sunday.

Police say the suspect is described as a 6′ tall 30 to 50-year-old man, who was wearing a black hoodie and dark pants at the time of the assault.

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“Police are taking this incident very seriously, actively investigating all leads, and are issuing a public alert for the safety of the community,” Sahak said. “This investigation is being led by our Special Victims Unit and we commend the victim for coming forward to report this incident.”

At the time of the assault, people were gathered near the park at the BMX race track. Police are now asking for anyone who was in the park or near the BMX track around 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 to call the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.

“We’re advising the public of this incident, and we’re asking anybody who was at the park to call us if they observed anybody suspicious or if the had seen someone match a description of a suspect. We have a vague description, but it should be enough for somebody to think about it and maybe recall seeing somebody.”

-With files from Maria Vinca

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to show the assault was reported to police on Sunday but happened on Friday, Feb. 23.

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