Calgary police hunting for suspect who allegedly groped 31-year-old special needs man on train

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Calgary police allege a 31-year-old man with special needs was groped on the CTrain by a suspect who likely choose the victim because he is developmentally delayed.

“I find it very disturbing that this victim may have been targeted as a result of his disability,”said District 5 Sgt. Trent Petersen Tuesday. “(The victim is) one of the more vulnerable members of society, it’s a great cause of concern to the police.”

Police say the incident occurred on Sunday around 3:10 p.m., when the victim boarded the CTrain at the City Hall station. The suspect, who was not known by the victim, spoke to the victim at the station then followed the victim on to the train and sat next to him. While the train was moving, the offender allegedly groped the victim and made sexually explicit comments. The suspect then exited the train at Max Bell station.

Petersen said the victim’s family noticed a change in his behaviour and the victim told a family member about the incident on Monday.

“The family was a great help in this investigation to date,” Petersen said.

While there was no surveillance video on the CTrain where the incident happened, investigators have obtained CCTV footage of the suspect before he boarded the train and after he departed.

Petersen said investigators are working to determine if any other passengers were on the train when the alleged groping took place.

“It’s very possible there may be witnesses to this incident,” he said, urging anyone who saw what happened to contact police.

Petersen said it’s also possible there could be other victims of similar incidents and he asked anyone with information to contact police.

The suspect is described as being 35 to 45 years old, about 5’10” tall, with dark hair and brown skin. He was wearing a dark-coloured toque and hoodie, blue jeans, black hiking shoes and a dark grey or blue winter jacket with white trim.

30/12/2015 14:46  By: National Post

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