May 20, 2016

Sexual Assault Suspect Remanded in Custody, Released with Specific Conditions

New Westminster – A sexual assault suspect has been released from custody with specific conditions, designed to protect the victim.

On May 7, 2016, at 10 pm, a young woman boarded the SkyTrain at Stadium Station, heading home from work. At Patterson Station in Burnaby, she left the train and walked out of the station onto Central  Boulevard, noting a man with a dog leaning against a guard rail. She became aware of the man following her as she turned onto a side street and turned to see the man running towards her. He attempted to engage her in conversation and said he wanted to play with her before grabbing her and sexually assaulting her. She managed to pull away, run home and call police.

The suspect’s description was broadcast and Transit Police officers dispatched to Patterson Station spotted him outside the north fare gates. He was taken into custody without incident.

Arrested and charged with Sexual Assault is Kurtis Willick, 30 years, no fixed address, known to police.  Willick was remanded until May 9, 2016, when he was released on a Recognizance with the following  conditions:

  • No contact with the victim
  • Not to possess any weapons
  • Not to be within a two block radius of Patterson SkyTrain Station
  • Must not be on the SkyTrain between the hours of 10pm and 7am, seven days per week

Willick is scheduled to make his next court appearance May 18, 2016, at Vancouver Provincial Court.

Transit Police are committed to taking every report of unwanted sexual behaviour seriously and investigating thoroughly. We encourage anyone who is a victim or witness to this type of behaviour to contact us immediately.

Text directly and discreetly at 87 77 77 or
call us at 604-515-8300.

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