Man arrested at UBC person of interest in prior sexual assault
One of the men arrested at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus yesterday is a person of interest in a recent sexual assault and series of voyeur incidents on campus, Global News has learned.
David Singh Tucker faces multiple charges including break and enter and sexual assault causing bodily harm from an incident that happened in a non-student residential building in the early hours of April 30.
Tucker lived on campus and has a significant criminal history, many of which were committed under aliases.
In 2009, he was sentenced to two years in jail for unlawful confinement or imprisonment and aggravated assault. In October 2015, he served another two months after being found guilty of mischief, uttering threats, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle in another incident.
Now, in addition to the sexual assault in March, investigators are now reviewing whether Tucker may have been involved in six unsolved attacks at UBC that happened in 2013.
“We are continuing our investigation, which will include looking at whether these suspects accused now may be linked to previous incidents,” said RCMP Sgt. Annie Linteau.
Tucker and 23-year-old Yuan Zhi Gao allegedly attacked three residents in a building in 5700-block of Birney Avenue, in UBC’s southern residential neighbourhood. Their names have not been released.
The university issued a safety alert to faculty, staff and students on Sunday, warning that despite the arrests, it’s still important to be vigilant about one’s surroundings.
The message signed by Louise Cowin, vice-president of students, reminded people not to prop open exterior doors or windows in residential buildings or hold the door open for strangers.
“We realize the recent incidents of voyeurism and sexual assault have been unsettling to the community and we share your concerns,” Cowin said in the message.
“UBC will continue to work with the police, Campus Security and other campus community partners to continuously look for ways to improve the safety of students, faculty and staff on campus.”
– With files from The Canadian Press
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