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Followed home, attacked

Images have been released of a man police suspect was behind a violent sexual assault in East Vancouver this week.

Vancouver police say that an Asian woman in her 20s was waiting by herself at a bus stop at East 41st Avenue near Earles Street when a stranger approached and began talking to her. 

The woman left the bus stop when she realized she had forgotten something at home, and the man followed her in and sexually assaulted her. 

"This investigation is a high priority for us and we want to identify this individual as soon as possible," said Const. Steve Addison. "We ask everyone to take a good, long look at these pictures, and to call us if they know who this is."

VPD say that they have received a number of tips from the public, but no positive identification of the attacker. 

"We’re confident someone out there knows this man, or has seen him in the neighbourhood," Addison said. "If you know him, please don’t hesitate. Call us right away."

Anyone with information is asked to call the VPD Sex Crimes Unit at 604-717-0604 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

-with files from CTV Vancouver



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