Man arrested after sexual assault in museum bathroom

Victoria police have arrested a man in connection with a sexual assault in the bathroom of the Royal B.C. Museum and an indecent act in the Yates Street parkade Thursday.

On Thursday afternoon, officers were met by museum security staff, the victim and a bystander who had come to the victim’s aid.

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The woman told police a man had approached her in a bathroom and sexually assaulted her. The bystander, who was also in the bathroom, intervened and drove the man away.

The victim was not injured in the incident and did not require medical attention. The bystander reported the incident to security, who called police.

Patrol officers got a description of the suspect and began a search, but couldn’t find the man.

Then, just after 10:30 p.m., police received a report that a man was committing an indecent act while he followed a woman in the Yates Street parkade.

The description of the suspect matched the description of the suspect in the earlier sexual assault.

Police were able to find the man, who was arrested without incident.

Police are recommending charges of an indecent act. The sexual-assault investigation is continuing.

“We’re upset this happened,” said Erik Lambertson, corporate communications manager for the museum. “Our thoughts go out to the victim.”

 

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