A 32-year-old man has been charged in relation to the stranger assault that occurred on Thursday, September 7, 2023 near the Hoy Creek Trail in Coquitlam.
On Thursday, September 14, Pouria Sahragard was charged with One count of Assault with a weapon, One count of Assault by choking. Sahragard remains in custody pending his next court appearance. He is known to police. Coquitlam RCMP Frontline officers responded to a brazen stranger assault in progress near Hoy Creek Trail located near Glen Drive and Johnson Street in Coquitlam at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2023.
A witness reported that a woman was being assaulted by a man and multiple people were intervening. The suspect fled on foot, but was followed by witnesses. Responding officers quickly located and arrested the suspect who was hiding in a nearby store. The victim reported that an unknown male grabbed her while she was walking alone. The victim fought back before witnesses intervened, but the victim suffered minor physical injuries.
“The public’s quick response to this incident helped police locate the suspect swiftly and most likely prevented further injuries to the victim, said Superintendent Keith Bramhill, Officer in Charge of Coquitlam RCMP. These types of reports are very concerning for the community and our investigators. We want to reassure the public that maintaining safety is our top priority.
Anyone with more information can contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2023-24214, said Media Relations Officer, Corporal Alexa Hodgins.