More than 30 years after an alleged sexual assault on a teenager, Vancouver police say a suspect was arrested.
The Vancouver Police Department on Tuesday released an update on an incident that allegedly happened on February 16, 1989. Police said a teenage girl was allegedly pulled into a car and sexually assaulted near Main Street and East 16th Avenue that day.
While investigators obtained evidence from the crime scene, they were unable to identify a suspect at the time. Twenty-eight years later, they got a new head start.
“We never stop investigating violent crimes,” Const. Tania Visintin said in a press release. “In 2017, after receiving new information, we assigned a team of investigators to reconsider this case, and that team was able to identify a suspect.”
Last month, 55-year-old Joseph Richardson was arrested in Ottawa. He was charged with sexual assault, assault, threats, incarceration and theft under $ 5,000. He is still in police custody.
“Crimes against children can cause lifelong trauma and stress that may never completely disappear,” Visintin said.
“Even when a case gets cold, we never give up hope that one day we will find the missing clue that helps bring closure and accountability.”