Vancouver – Vancouver Police want to speak with a woman who witnesses say was sexually assaulted by a man at Pacific Centre Mall last week.

An employee working at the mall witnessed a man approach a woman from behind and grope her buttocks on August 27 around 5 p.m. The suspect then fled and mall security followed him while calling 911. Police were able to locate the suspect on a bus near Hastings and Abbott streets.

“Our officers have identified a suspect, but need to speak to the woman who was sexually assaulted to gather more information for Crown counsel to lay a charge,” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD.

The suspect was taken to jail, then later released pending further investigation.

“From speaking to mall patrons, we believe the assault took place near the escalator by American Eagle,” adds Constable Visintin. “We understand this would be a frightening experience. We are asking her to come forward and speak to investigators.”

Anyone with information is asked to call VPD investigators at 604-717-4034.