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Pair accused in ‘horrific’ Vancouver sex assault arrested after skipping bail

Nicole Edwards, 33, and Jason Tapp, 30, are facing 15 charges in relation to an alleged violent sexual assault in Oppenheimer Park in April.
Nicole Edwards, 33, and Jason Tapp, 30, are facing 15 charges in relation to an alleged violent sexual assault in Oppenheimer Park in April. Vancouver police

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Vancouver police say they have rearrested a man and woman charged with a violent sexual assault in Oppenheimer Park who have allegedly skipped bail.

The assault is alleged to have taken place at the homeless camp in April.

Police say the victim was forced into a tent, where the pair are accused of holding her against her will, beating her, and sexually assaulting her with a weapon.

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The attack is alleged to have lasted for more than 15 hours before the woman escaped.

“This was a horrific and violent crime, and the suspects preyed on a vulnerable person,” said Vancouver police Const. Tania Visintin in a media release.

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“We need the public’s help to ensure these two offenders are located.”

Police say when they arrested Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, in May they located a gun along with “various items associated with the offence.”

Tapp and Edwards are facing 15 charges in relation to the alleged assault, and were released from jail on multiple conditions.

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They were last seen on May 29, and failed to report to their bail supervisor on Tuesday, police say.

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Vancouver police confirmed Friday evening they had recaptured the two.