Surveillance images from an Abbotsford BC Transit bus show a suspect in the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.

Surveillance images from an Abbotsford BC Transit bus show a suspect in the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.

Suspect wanted in sexual assault on bus in Abbotsford

Teen girl was followed onto bus by man who then groped her

The Abbotsford Police Department has released surveillance images of a man who they say sexually assaulted a teenage girl on a BC Transit bus on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Sgt. Judy Bird said the assault took place at 6:40 p.m., when the suspect approached the 17-year-old victim as she was waiting at the Bourquin Crescent bus exchange by Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.

Bird said the man followed the victim onto bus #9, where he began making unwanted sexual advances and engaged in unwanted touching. The suspect got off the bus after a few stops.

The suspect is described as a South Asian man between 60 and 70 years old. He has a white beard and was wearing a blue surgical mask, a light-blue turban, dark shoes and a light-coloured thin shirt and pants.

Bird said anyone who encounters something inappropriate or illegal while on a bus should tell the bus driver or call 911.

Anyone with information about the incident or who can identify the suspect is asked to call the APD 604-859-5225.

Earlier on Wednesday (Oct. 14) police released a composite sketch of a different suspect in a sexual assault that occurred on Aug. 14. In that incident, a woman was assaulted as she was watering plants in her yard.

The suspect in that assault is described as a clean-shaven South Asian man in his 30s, with short black hair and a slim build.

He was wearing work clothing described as a grey short-sleeve button-up flannel shirt, ripped jeans, work boots and brown oversized work gloves. Bird said he spoke English with a heavy accent.

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