Surrey RCMP is investigating after a 15-year-old girl was allegedly groped on her way to school in Cloverdale, just blocks away from where an 11-year-old girl was assaulted last week.
Investigators say the teen was walking on 69th Avenue near 188th Street just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, when she was grabbed from behind and groped by a man.
The girl was able to free herself and fled home, where she called police.
The suspect fled the area, and police were not able to locate him.
Police describe the man as in his 30s or 40s, wearing a dark hoodie and grey and blue washed out jeans.
Mounties are also investigating whether the incident is related to any recent similar cases.
Just last week, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly groped near 188th Street and 65th Avenue.
The suspect in that incident was described as a Caucasian male in his 30s, approximately six feet tall and wearing blue jeans, a light coloured shirt and a light coloured hat.
Surrey RCMP said its Special Victims Unit is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crimestoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.
Police have also released guidelines for students walking to school to heighten their safety:
- Don’t take shortcuts. Use main routes and avoid lanes, forested or secluded areas.
- Walk with friends.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
- Phone home when leaving a friend’s house and say when you will be home.
- Trust your instincts and your feelings.
- Phone home if you are going to be delayed, or if your plans change