New Westminster. – A New Westminster man has been remanded in custody following arrest and two charges of sexual assault on the transit system.
On May 19, 2015, just before noon, a man sat down beside a 19 year old woman on a Coast Mountain Bus travelling westbound on Lougheed Highway at Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam. He then ran his hand up the woman’s thigh and when elbowed by the woman, showed her pornographic videos on his phone. The woman moved to a different seat before disembarking at Braid Station in New Westminster. The man made a comment about the woman’s body as he also got off the bus at the same location.
The woman reported the incident to Transit Police on the scene and the suspect was taken into custody.
Transit Police officers recognized the suspect as matching the description of a man who had sexually assaulted a young woman in a similar manner earlier in the month. On May 2, 2015, shortly after 4 pm, a man sat down next to a 19 year old woman on a Coast Mountain Bus at the MetroTown bus loop. He rubbed the woman’s thigh with his hand and engaged her in inappropriate personal conversation. Another passenger witnessed this and told the man to stop. She reported it to Transit Police after disembarking, with the victim reporting it, again to Transit Police, a short time later via text.
Arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Assault is Jason Steven Taylor, 45 years. Taylor is known to police and has three previous convictions for sexual assault on the transit system. He is currently on two probation orders for sexual assault. His next court appearance is June 10, 2015, in New Westminster, at 10:45 hrs. He will be appearing by video conference.
We commend these young women for taking the difficult step of coming forward and reporting these incidents to police. We also commend the witness who intervened and then reported what she observed to police.
Sexual assaults are a priority for the Transit Police. Passengers have the right to use transit free from harassment or assault of any kind. We encourage anyone who is the victim of sexual harassment or assault or who witnesses this to report it to us. We will take every report seriously and investigate thoroughly. Together we can make a difference.
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