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Assault, abduction, hate

Vancouver Police are issuing a public warning regarding an attempted sexual assault that occurred around 11:15 p.m. on July 6th on a trail in the 3500 block of Southeast Marine Drive.


The 19 year old female victim had just exited a bus and began her walk home along a nearby trail leading north from S. E. Marine Drive when she noticed a man that she had seen at an earlier stop following her.


As the woman entered the trail she was suddenly grabbed from behind. The man tried to force her further into the trail while grabbing at her clothing.


A nearby man heard the commotion and intervened, causing the suspect to run off to the east along S.E. Marine Drive.


The suspect is described as a white male in his thirties, 6'2" with a slim build and short, lighter-coloured hair. He was wearing frameless glasses with a long sleeved blue plaid shirt and jeans.


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Sex Crimes Unit at 604-717-2648 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Possible Abduction

 Vancouver Police are appealing for information in a case involving a possible abduction where the victim has not been located.


Around 10:40 p.m. on the evening of July 6th, Vancouver Police were called after several people heard a woman's cries for help coming from a vehicle near the 600 block of E. Hastings Street.


Witnesses reported seeing a turquoise 1995 Ford Aerostar van in the block and heard a woman shouting for help from inside before the vehicle drove out of sight. A quick thinking witness wrote down the license plate number and gave it to police.


The license plate information was broadcast to neighbouring police agencies and Surrey RCMP found the vehicle around 11:00 p.m.  Vancouver Police were called and the driver was taken in for questioning.


The woman has not been found and all attempts to identify and locate the woman to confirm her well-being have been unsuccessful.


Vancouver Police are appealing for anyone with information, or the woman herself, to contact investigators at 604-717-2538 or Crime Stoppers.


Story #3 (see attached photos of witness vehicle)



Update – Police Appeal for Witness Information


 Vancouver Police are releasing surveillance images of a vehicle that was at the Esso gas station near Burrard and Davie at the time of a July 1st assault being investigated as a possible hate crime.


Investigators believe the person driving the vehicle may have witnessed the assault and are appealing for this person to come forward with any information that may assist the investigation.  


Police Investigating Overnight Assault as Possible Hate Crime

Vancouver - A 30 year old Vancouver man is recovering from facial injuries after he was violently attacked near Davie and Burrard on the morning of July 1st. Two men in their early 20s are in custody facing charges of assault causing bodily harm for their role in the attack and police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.


Around 2:45 a.m., the victim and friends were walking along Davie Street when they passed by a group of men and women on the sidewalk. Suddenly, one of the men from the group turned and verbally confronted the victim. Words were exchanged and without warning, the victim was allegedly punched in the face by his attacker, knocking him to the ground.


As he lay on the ground the blows continued and a second man allegedly joined in, repeatedly punching the victim. Disturbing comments were also allegedly made regarding the victims’ sexual orientation. The two attackers then fled on foot but were arrested moments later in the 1100 block of Davie Street by a VPD patrol unit.


The victim suffered facial injuries requiring medical attention at the scene.


Charged with assault causing bodily harm are 21 year old Alexandre Tchernychev and 21 year old Aaron Alexander Hahn, both from Vancouver. Neither man has any previous criminal convictions.


Anyone with information is asked to call the VPD Robbery/Assault Squad at 604-717-2541.



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