Abbotsford Police warn the public to practice awareness when walking alone, avoid using their phone or headphones and to report suspicious people or activity to them. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Police warn the public to practice awareness when walking alone, avoid using their phone or headphones and to report suspicious people or activity to them. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Police investigate early-morning sexual assault on Sunday

Assault in business park on South Fraser Way appears to be ‘random incident,’ police say

Abbotsford Police are investigating an early-morning sexual assault that occurred on Sunday, April 3.

The assault took place between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. within the 32900 block of South Fraser Way, as the female victim was walking through a business park, according to an Abbotsford Police Department (APD) press release.

She was approached by an unknown man – described as South Asian, around 30, with short brown hair and a beard – driving a grey or silver van.

The man then sexually assaulted her.

The APD major crime unit is investigating and in the preliminary stages of the case.

“The initial investigation suggests this to be a random incident. No suspect has been identified or arrested at this time,” the press release says.

The victim was treated in hospital and feels traumatized, but did not sustain serious physical injuries, said Const. Paul Walker, APD media officer, in an email.

He added investigators are in the process of canvassing for video, aiming to identify the vehicle or suspect.

The APD is asking that anyone who was in the area of South Fraser Way and Bourquin Crescent West around the time of the assault or who might have been a witness or have dashcam footage to contact the major crime unit at 604-859-5225.

They are warning the public to practise awareness when walking alone, avoid using their phone or headphones and to report suspicious people or activity to them.

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