Police seek Good Samaritans who helped victim of assault

APD hope trio who assisted woman will be able to provide valuable information.

Police are seeking a trio of Good Samaritans who helped a woman in late June.

Police are seeking a trio of Good Samaritans who helped a woman in late June.

Abbotsford Police are hoping to speak to three people who helped the victim of a serious assault in late June.

Police say a couple found the 26-year-old female victim outside a hotel in the 32000 block of Marshall Road. The woman was obviously shaken up, and Const. Ian MacDonald said the pair, described as being in their 50s or 60s, offered to help her. They took her to a convenience store nearby, where food was bought for the woman. There, the woman met up with a third man, also in his 50s or 60s, who drove her home.

MacDonald hailed the trio for helping the woman at a difficult time. He said police hope to get statements from the Good Samaritans as they may have some important information.

He said the couple were driving an SUV, while the man drove a four-door sedan. They are likely to have helped the woman on June 26, but it’s possible the date in question was June 27.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

A suspect in the incident was arrested soon after and charges have since been laid.

The News has learned that suspect is Russell Mayhew. He is facing charges of aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement, assault with a weapon, and sexual assault with a weapon.

Mayhew, 30, has also been charged in connection with a drive-by shooting in the 34100 block of George Ferguson Way that took place just days after the alleged assault.

In that case, police were called just after 1 a.m. on June 29 after receiving reports of a verbal dispute and shots fired. No one was injured, but when police arrived, a vehicle parked in a driveway was found to have bullet holes.

Mayhew has since been charged with careless use of a firearm, pointing a firearm, discharging a firearm with intent to wound, and two counts related to possessing a firearm without a licence.

Mayhew has been accused and convicted of a range of offences over the last few years and was previously described as “gang-involved.”