UPDATE: Man arrested for sex assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Abbotsford Police had previously issued warning about Anton Foulds

Anton Foulds

Anton Foulds

A man whom Abbotsford Police had issued a public warning about last April has been charged with the sexual assault of a teen girl.

Anton Ellis Foulds, 36, was arrested Thursday, two days after the attack. He has been charged with sex assault and robbery.

Const. Ian MacDonald said a 17-year-old girl was walking in the 33500 block of South Fraser Way on Tuesday at about 8 a.m., when she was approached by a man who directed her to a treed area adjacent to an apartment complex.

Once at that location, the man sexually assaulted and attempted to rob her. He then left the scene.

MacDonald said the girl contacted someone she knew, who then drove her to the hospital and called police.

She had suffered serious injuries, and was kept in the hospital for tests and observation.

“It was a horrible, horrible outcome for that young girl,” MacDonald said.

The apartment complex is located in a business complex at the busy Five Corners area of downtown Abbotsford. The complex also houses a dollar store, a real estate office, Sprott Shaw College and other businesses.

Abbotsford Police are still asking to speak to witnesses who might have seen Foulds in the area before the attack and in the hour after, or who witnessed anything in relation to the offence. Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) at 604-859-5225.

Last April, the APD warned the public that Foulds was being released from prison, and that he had an extensive criminal history that included sexual assault and multiple robberies.

He was released from another province, after having served his full sentence, and was expected to move to Abbotsford.

At the time, police said he had 25 convictions, all in B.C. His last one was in Victoria in 2003 for robbery and the “heinous sexual assault” of a woman, according to police.