Update: June 14, 2024

Vancouver Police are investigating a violent assault against a sex worker in the Downtown Eastside, and are warning women in the neighbourhood to be extra vigilant.

“The suspect remains at large and his identity is unknown,” says Sergeant Steve Addison. “While we work to gather evidence that will solve this crime, we’re also sharing information with women and other sex workers so they can make informed decisions about their safety.”

A woman was picked up after midnight on June 10 by a man driving an older-model dark-coloured sedan near East Hastings Street and Campbell Avenue. The suspect assaulted the woman with a weapon, then pushed her out of the car near Oppenheimer Park.  Two passersby came to the woman’s aid and called police.

The woman is now recovering from her physical injuries.

The suspect is described as white, 40 to 50 years old, and 300 pounds, with a receding hairline. He was wearing a t-shirt and sweatpants.

Investigators from VPD’s Sex Crimes Unit continue to gather evidence, and ask anyone with information to call 604-717-0601.