Woman held against her will in vehicle driving across Metro Vancouver

Held against her will

New Westminster Police investigators are asking witnesses to come forward after a woman was assaulted and "held against her will" in a moving vehicle driving through Burnaby and New West.

Police believe the assault took place on March 23, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

The vehicle, a grey Toyota Highlander, was travelling through numerous municipalities in the Metro Vancouver area.

“It is believed the vehicle did stop for a period of time in the area of Burnaby Hospital,” police said in a news release.

“The passenger in the vehicle, who was the victim of this alleged assault, was actively trying to exit the vehicle, and get the attention of other motorists by using hand signals and calling out for help.”

The victim is described as having short dark hair and wearing a red sweatshirt, black jacket, and blue jeans at the time of the assault.

“If you were driving in the early morning hours of March 23, and you witnessed a woman in a grey Toyota Highlander that appeared to need help, please call our tip line,” said Sgt. Sanjay Kumar, in a statement. “This victim was waving and using the hand symbol that communicates domestic violence.”

A suspect has been arrested.

If you have information, call the NWPD Major Crime Unit tip line at 604-529-2430.

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