UPDATE: Transit police say that a 57-year-old man from Burnaby turned himself in Wednesday evening, in connection to the groping of a 7-year-old girl aboard a SkyTrain earlier this month.
The man, who will not be named unless charges are approved by Crown counsel, is known to police. Transit police are asking for a charge of sexual interference to be considered.
— Sgt. Clint Hampton (@SgtCHampton) February 14, 2019
Transit police said Wednesday that the girl was riding the Millennium Line with her mom around 7 p.m. on Feb. 2.
While sitting across from the girl and her mom, a man allegedly made several comments to the girl that were “extremely vulgar and sexual in nature,” including details of sexual acts he wanted to engage in with her.
It’s believed he then made several attempts to touch the girl and, at one point, allegedly touched the girl’s buttocks, causing her mother to pull her daughter on to her lap.
The man left the train at the Production Way station when a bystander confronted him after overhearing the remarks. Police received a text report from another passenger.
Video of the suspect was released, showing him entering the Coquitlam Central SkyTrain Station before the incident.
He is expected to appear in provincial court in Vancouver on April 9.