Alleged serial sex offender released from custody pending trial
BURNABY, B.C. – Police are warning the public of the release from custody of Shalendra Kumar Sharma, 43, of Surrey, BC, who is awaiting trial for sexual assault and other violent crimes against women.
Sharma was recently charged with sexually assaulting four different women between 1994 and 2011. He allegedly imprisoned three of them and abducted the fourth.
An investigation against Sharma began after a Vancouver police sex crimes analyst linked him through cross-referencing past files to reports of an assault and robbery of a woman in Vancouver’s downtown eastside on December 4, 2011, and to a second assault in Burnaby on December 18, 2011.
Police are now gathering earlier information on Sharma and his movements during the 1990’s. According to past files Sharma owned four different vehicles: his present 2007 red Escape, BC license 008-RWG which he has held since October 2007; a 2003 blue Ford Explorer between January 2004 to February 2010; a 1997 red Ford Explorer between March 1999 and October 2006; and a 1991 red Pontiac Sunbird during January 1994 and May 1997.
Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed or been the subject of an assault, sexual assault or theft associated to one of the four vehicles or involving Sharma is urged to contact their police of jurisdiction or anonymously at CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) .