Surrey RCMP say a woman in her 20s was allegedly assaulted in the 12500-block of 72nd Avenue around 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 3. Police said they are investigating the incident. (Google Maps)

Surrey RCMP investigate alleged ‘stranger assault’ in Newton

Police say female victim ‘bit suspect on the hand’ to free herself

Surrey police say they are investigating an alleged “stranger assault” in Newton on Jan. 3.

The female victim, police said in a news release Friday (Jan. 4), was walking along 72nd Avenue “when she was grabbed from behind and bear hugged.” The release states the incident happened near the 12500-block of 72nd Avenue around 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 3.

The victim, according to RCMP, “screamed when the suspect covered her mouth with his hand.”

“The victim bit the suspect on the hand and freed herself from the suspect’s grip and ran away,” Surrey RCMP said in the news release.

Surrey RCMP said the suspect was described as about five feet tall with a beard and a medium build.

Police said the Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit is leading the investigation into the alleged assault. Police are also asking the public if they have any information that may lead to the suspect being identified.

Anyone who may have been in the area at that time or may have information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or solvecrime.ca.

Surrey RCMP also provided tips about personal safety precautions:

• Don’t take shorts. Use main routes, avoid lanes, forested or secluded areas.
• Walk in well-lit areas.
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
• Don’t assist strangers.
• Trust your instincts and your feelings.
READ ALSO: Surrey RCMP looking for witnesses to assault in Guildford area, Nov. 9, 2018
READ ALSO: Two women injured in late-night assault outside White Rock restaurant, Oct. 19, 2018



lauren.collins@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Lauren on Twitter

Just Posted

White Rock 10-year-old hopes ‘horrible truth’ of war speech touches hearts

YouTube voting on Pratyaksha Awasthi’s speech ends March 29

OUR VIEW: Young Surrey athletes stir pride

Better than trophies are the lessons these sports-minded youngsters hopefully carry into adulthood

Pollinator conservation area aims to save bees directly, and through education

Bees’ survival is challenged around the world, but action is being taken to help them in Langley

Delta LGBTQ group receiving grant to screen doc about Surrey-raised murder victim

Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society is getting $4,000 to show award-winning short My Names Was January

White Rock council calls for needs assessment study for new city hall

Staff study would determine possibilities for new ‘civic precinct’

The good, bad and the unknown of Apple’s new services

The announcements lacked some key details, such as pricing of the TV service

Military officer accused of sexual misconduct, drunkenness in B.C., Alberta

Warrant Officer Jarvis Kevin Malone is charged under the National Defence Act

Stranger climbs onto B.C. family’s second-floor balcony, lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old boy

Harbour Air to convert to all-electric seaplanes

Seaplane company to modify fleet with a 750-horsepower electric motor

VIDEO: Teenage girl was person killed in three-vehicle crash in Coquitlam

Police are investigating the fatal crash at Mariner Way and Riverview Crescent

Sailings cancelled after BC Ferries boat hits Langdale terminal

The Queen of Surrey is stuck on the dock, causing delays to Horseshoe Bay trips

5 to start your day

Fatal crash in Coquitlam, stranger climbs onto balcony and lights fire, and more

Eviction halted for B.C. woman deemed ‘too young’ for seniors’ home

Zoe Nagler, 46, had been given notice after living in the seniors complex in Comox for six years

Vancouver Island home to B.C.’s luckiest lotto store

Five million-dollar winners have bought tickets from same Port Alberni corner store

Most Read