Police announce charges after new evidence found in 1989 sexual assault in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Police in Vancouver believe they have cracked a nearly 33-year-old case involving the sexual assault of a teenager. Const. Tania Visintin says the assault happened in February 1989, when the young victim was pulled into a car in east Vancou…

VANCOUVER — Police in Vancouver believe they have cracked a nearly 33-year-old case involving the sexual assault of a teenager.

Const. Tania Visintin says the assault happened in February 1989, when the young victim was pulled into a car in east Vancouver and attacked.

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

Visintin says officers were given new information about the case in 2017.

She says a team of investigators tracked the clues to a 55-year-old man now living in Ottawa and arrested him last month.

Visintin says the man remains in custody and the B.C. Prosecution Service has now approved charges of sexual assault, assault, uttering threats, forcible confinement and theft under $5,000.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 2, 2021.

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