Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station (Wikimedia Commons)

Man facing two sexual assault charges after groping incident on SkyTrain

Transit Police tracked down the suspect on a pedestrian overpass

A man wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on transit has been arrested after another alleged sexual assault.

Grant Lionel Houle, 39, was arrested last Tuesday, Metro Vancouver Transit Police said in a Tuesday news release.

The arrest happened after a woman said she felt a hand groping her buttocks on the SkyTrain as it was approaching Commercial-Broadway Station. When she looked around, she saw a man next to her with his hand near where she had been touched.

She asked a passenger to push the silent alarm button for her, and both the woman and the man got off at the next stop.

Transit Police tracked down the suspect on a pedestrian overpass shortly after he got off the train.

Houle, who has no fixed address is “well known” to police and is now facing two counts of sexual assault.

The arrest comes after Vancouver police and Transit Police launched a HandsOff! anti-groping campaign last month. Police investigated 75 reports of groping on public transit in 2018.

READ MORE: Hands Off! campaign targets gropers on public transit, in bars in Vancouver

READ MORE: Vancouver advocate says anti-groping police campaign isn’t enough to stop predators


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Delta police arrest four men in suspected paving scheme

The men are now in Canada Border Services Agency custody and may be removed from the country

White Rock woman seeks fellow hockey players for BC 55+ Games

Sue Rittinger aiming to put Zone 3 women’s team together in time for September event

Police looking for missing Surrey girl Nikita Joseph, 13

She has gone missing before. This time, she was last seen 3 p.m. Jan. 22, in 6400-block of 121st Street

Surrey MLA says she’s still in the dark about RCMP investigation

More than three months have passed since Jinny Sims resigned as minister of citizens’ service on Oct. 4

Uber, Lyft approved for ride-hailing in Lower Mainland

Kater Technologies Inc.’s application was rejected

Abandoned boats left to freeze on Okanagan Lake cause chaos

Over the last week weather conditions have caused three separate incidents

Jack-knifed semi closes Coquihalla northbound

A red liquid is reportedly spilled down the side of Highway 5

B.C. teacher witnesses coronavirus terror in Shanghai: ‘Everyone is on edge’

Face masks and hand sanitizer ‘sell out’ as 9 SARS-like illness cases confirmed in the city

B.C.-based firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing three

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

VIDEO: Man attacked with pipe in apparent SkyTrain fare gate dispute

Transit police looking for suspect after Jan. 14 attack at Main Street-Science World Station

B.C. youth sentenced for selling fatal dose of MDMA to girl, 13

Sale was made at a New Westminster SkyTrain station in 2017

Living near major roads linked to higher risk of dementia, Parkinson’s: UBC study

Green space could mitigate some of the risks, researchers found

Most Read