Vancouver Police release a public advisory, man destroys federal tax office, and a woman becomes a victim of purse theft

The Vancouver Police have released the following updates on crime in the Vancouver area:

1. Sex Assult- UPDATE

Vancouver Police have released CCTV footage and photos of a person of interest in a sex assault that took place on Tuesday, March 23rd at 5:00 p.m. along the seawall south of the 700 block of Pacific Boulevard.

A public advisory was issued on March 24th about the incident, in which a woman walking her dog was approached from behind by a man who reached under her skirt and grabbed her buttocks. The woman turned and confronted the man and he ran away eastbound towards the Plaza of Nations.

The man in the images appears to be white, 20 to 25 years old, 5`7" tall, with a slim to medium build and short blonde hair, which is similar to the description that was provided to investigators. He is wearing a black faded pullover hoodie-style jacket with some type of white logo on the front and baggy blue jeans, which is also similar.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate this man. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Sex Crimes Unit at 604-717-2634 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


2. Mischief to Tax Preparation Office


March 28th, 1::00 p.m. – A 52 year old Vancouver man is facing possible charges of mischief after an incident in the 2000 block of Commercial Drive.

The man entered an income tax preparation business and confronted staff about a supposed error on one of his previous income tax returns that had been done by another business.

He began to scream, destroying furniture, throwing computers, and even tried smashing the plate glass windows with one of the business’ signs.

Officers arrived and arrested the man without incident. No one was injured, but the damage exceeded $10,000


3. Theft of Purse

March 28th, 6:00 p.m. – A 38 year old Burnaby woman chased down a suspect who stole her purse and managed to get it back.

The woman was shopping for groceries in the 100 block of Davie Street with her purse on her shopping cart. She turned her attention away for a moment and when she looked back a few seconds later her purse was gone.

She immediately alerted people nearby and one person believed they’d seen a woman leave the store carrying the victim’s purse.

The victim ran out of the store and found a woman at a nearby bank machine with her purse and confronted her. After a brief struggle for the purse, the suspect gave it up and ran into a building.

Officers arrived and contained the building and a short time later the woman came out.

Nikita Purcell, a 23 year old Vancouver resident, is in custody and facing charges of possession of stolen property under $5000 and theft under $5000.

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