By Clare Ogilvie
Police are warning people to travel with a friend at night following the sex assault of a woman on Eva Lake Road this week.
“We are warning people,” said RCMP Cst. Devon Jones of Sea to Sky Regional Police Services.
“If it has happened once then it certainly is a possibility that it can happen again even though we haven’t had any other calls prior to this.
“We just want to make sure that people understand that late at night people shouldn’t be walking in isolated areas by themselves.
“The good thing about living in Whistler is that it is a very safe community, but we are not immune to these types of incidents.”
Police were called to a home on Eva Lakes Road Jan.23 about 3:20 a.m., where a woman reported that she had been assaulted and threatened by an unknown male outside her home.
The woman said she had taken a bus from the village to Eva Lake Road and after exiting the bus, near her home she was attacked from behind.
She fought back and screamed and frightened away the attacker.
Her assailant was about 5’9” and wore a dark balaclava, dark gloves with rubber grips and a dark fleece jacket, possibly with a logo. The woman said she also noticed the man had blonde or light coloured bushy eyebrows.
Jones said they are hoping anyone who exited the bus who might have seen anything will contact them to help with the investigation. Of particular interest to police are two males and a female who exited the bus at the same location. The female is described as wearing a burgundy scarf and pink and white toque and one of the males had a black trench coat on,
Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP in Whistler at 604-932-3044 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Bar staff attacked with knife
On Jan.21 the Whistler RCMP were called to Garfinkel’s Bar after a young man threatened staff with a knife.
RCMP Cst Devon Jones said while weapons offences are fairly rare in Whistler they do happen.
“Weapons in the bar scene have certainly be evident in the Lower Mainland and, of course, people from the Lower Mainland do come up to Whistler to enjoy the bar scene so weapons in bars do happen here, they are just not as common,” he said