Following last week’s public warning about a series of sex assaults in East Vancouver, the VPD has arrested the man believed to be responsible.
On April 26th, a woman was walking in the area of Monmouth Avenue and Joyce Street when she was approached by a man from behind who asked her not to move. Concerned for her safety, she ran out of the area and called police.
A second woman near Joyce Street and Vanness Avenue was entering an apartment building when she was grabbed from behind by a stranger. She screamed and the man ran off.
A third woman on East 46th Avenue near Doman Street was grabbed from behind by a man. She was pulled into bushes outside an unoccupied house where she was sexually assaulted.
Following the assaults, police appealed to the public for their assistance to help identify the man responsible. A team of Vancouver Police investigators worked diligently on the case, collecting and combing over evidence.
Nineteen-year-old Richmond resident Bilali Miyonkuru has now been arrested and charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and robbery. He remains in-custody.
“The safety and security of everyone in our community is our top priority,” says VPD spokesperson Staff Sergeant Randy Fincham. “Our investigators will continue to work tirelessly to hold individuals accountable for the victimization of others.”
No additional information is available to share at this time.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call investigators at 604-717-3720 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.