Police dog ‘Boomer’ takes sex assault suspect into custody
NANAIMO, B.C. – Police Services dog ‘Boomer’ helped to sniff out and take into custody a 33-year-old man armed with a knife who allegedly sexually assaulted a 28-year-old Nanaimo sex trade worker late Wednesday night.
The victim called police on 9-1-1 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, saying she had been robbed at knife point and sexually assaulted by a man on Shoreline Drive, at the south end of Nanaimo. She gave a detailed description of her attacker.
Police were dispatched to the area where they set up a perimeter and instructed Boomer to comb the area for the wanted suspect.
Shortly before 11:00 p.m., Boomer and his partner Cst. Wurzinger found the man of no fixed address hiding under debris a short distance from where the alleged attack had taken place. The alleged knife used in the attack was also found nearby.
He was taken into custody and was to have appeared before a judge at Nanaimo Provincial Court.
An Ambulance Service paramedic treated the woman for minor cuts and bruises sustained when she tried to flee her attacker.
Police are continuing their investigation.