Ottawa resident charged with sexual assault in 1989 in Vancouver

Investigators used new evidence in 2017 to track down a 55-year-old man now living in Ottawa and he was arrested in October.

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VANCOUVER – Vancouver police believe they have struck a nearly 33-year-old case involving the sexual assault of a teenager.

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Art. Tania Visintin said the assault happened early on February 16, 1989, when the young victim was pulled into a car in eastern Vancouver and attacked.

Some evidence was gathered at the time, but the victim was never able to identify a suspect.

“Crimes against children can cause lifelong trauma and stress that may never completely disappear,” Visintin said in a press release from the Vancouver Police Department. “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.

“We never stop investigating violent crimes. 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. “

Visintin said a team of investigators tracked down the tracks of a 55-year-old man now living in Ottawa and arrested him in October.

Visintin said the man remains in custody and that the BC prosecution has since approved charges of sexual assault, assault, threats, forced imprisonment and theft under $ 5,000.

With files from Postmedia News

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