VicPD arrested a man with a history of sexual offences after he accosted and followed two young women this past weekend.
On Saturday, April 10th, shortly after 3:30 p.m., officers were called by convenience store staff in the 2600-block of Quadra Street for a report that two young women were being followed by a man on a bicycle.
The worker reported that he locked the door to the store and the man tried to open the locked door, aggressively.
When officers responded, the young women reported that they were followed by the man for several blocks and accosted, despite the youths walking away and telling the man to leave them alone.
Officers located the man and he fled from the officers on his bicycle, but he was quickly located and arrested without further incident.
The suspect was held in custody at VicPD cells and faces recommended charges of criminal harassment, obstructing a peace officer, and assault.
“These young women did exactly the right thing here. They said “no”, then sought a public place, told the store staff what was happening and what they needed to be safe, and provided an excellent description to officers,” Bowen Osoko, spokesperson for Victoria Police, told Victoria Buzz.
“They showed courage and decisive decision-making which kept them safe, lead to the suspect’s location, identification and arrest and may have kept others safe by doing so.”
VicPD know the man has a history of convictions for sexual offences, such as indecent acts and breaching conditions of probation.
This file is under investigation.
If you have information about this incident, call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654.