Further charges laid in sexual assault series
Following a media release on Thursday, April 7, 2022, which outlined a series of sexual assaults against five women in the downtown, three additional victims came forward to report they too had been sexually assaulted. As a result, the suspect had further charges added during his court appearance on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
Riak WOL, 35, is now charged with eight counts of sexual assault and one count of theft under $5,000. He remains in custody and will next appear in court on May 14, 2022.
Original release below.
Man charged in sexual assault series
A man believed to be responsible for sexually assaulting at least five women in the span of 30 minutes was arrested this weekend and has since been charged. Investigators are seeking information from anyone who was nearby when the alleged assaults occurred.
"We understand stranger sexual assault can be shocking and confusing for both the victim and the witness bystanders. We want to encourage bystanders and victims to report this behaviour to police, so we can investigate and support a safe community for all," says District 1 Violent Crime Investigation Team Sgt. Matt Hinchey.
The assaults began on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 1:40 p.m., and the offender was arrested by officers at 2:10 p.m. During that time, the man is believed to have groped women at random as he travelled between the 600 block of 6 Street S.E., and the City Hall LRT platform. CCTV footage also captured the man entering a nearby grocery store where it is alleged he committed additional offences.
One of the victims located a nearby officer, told them what had happened, and pointed out the offender. In total, five people have come forward to report the assaults. The man has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, with additional charges anticipated. The accused remains in custody pending his next court date on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
Investigators have provided a map of the route we believe the suspect took during the time frame of when the assaults occurred in hopes of further locating anyone who may have information about this incident.
To protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are not releasing the name of the accused, or his description at this time.
Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact the police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers:
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