Ar­rest made in kid­nap­ping, sex as­sault

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Mark NIELSEN Ci­ti­zen staff mnielsen@pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca

A man has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a kid­nap­ping and sex­ual as­sault last month.

Sukhjin­der Singh, 26, of Prince Ge­orge, ap­peared in court on Wed­nes­day, a bit more than a week af­ter he was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with an al­leged in­ci­dent dur­ing the early morn­ing hours of Sept. 3.

At the time, RCMP said a woman was fix­ing a flat tire at a gas sta­tion near Fifth Av­enue and Ta­bor Boule­vard at about 2 a.m. when a man ex­ited a parked ve­hi­cle nearby and of­fered to help.

The two were un­able to fix the tire so he of­fered to give the woman a ride.

But while driv­ing her home, the man missed sev­eral turns and turned into a park­ing lot, be­lieved to be on Foothills Boule­vard, where he sex­u­ally as­saulted her.

The vic­tim was able to fend off her at­tacker and fled on foot.

Prince Ge­orge RCMP Insp. Shaun Wright cred­ited the ar­rest to a com­bi­na­tion of in­ves­tiga­tive tech­niques, sup­ported by foren­sic ev­i­dence and tips from the pub­lic.

He de­clined to elab­o­rate fur­ther on what led po­lice to ar­rest Singh.

Wright said Singh was not pre­vi­ously known to po­lice but in­di­cated he could also be re­spon­si­ble for a May 14 in­ci­dent when a woman was at­tacked from be­hind while run­ning along Foothills Boule­vard. “There are some sim­i­lar­i­ties,” Wright said. “There is in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence at this time to link the two to sup­port charges but we’re alive to that pos­si­bil­ity and we’re ac­tively in­ves­ti­gat­ing that pos­si­bil­ity.”

Wright said such in­ci­dents are “rel­a­tively rare.”

“But at the same time you have to take nor­mal pre­cau­tions, es­pe­cially in the ear­ly­morn­ing hours and un­for­tu­nately, if you’re a fe­male and you’re alone,” he said.

Kid­nap­ping car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of life in pri­son.

Wright said Singh was not pre­vi­ously known to po­lice but in­di­cated he could also be re­spon­si­ble for a May 14 in­ci­dent when a woman was at­tacked from be­hind while run­ning along Foothills Boule­vard.

CI­TI­ZEN PHOTO BY BRENT BRAATEN

Insp. Shaun Wright up­dates the me­dia on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon about an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a kid­nap­ping and sex­ual as­sault.

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