Whistler RCMP investigates assaults on women 

One suspect already identified

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The Whistler RCMP is currently investigating two sex assaults reported last week and has already identified a suspect in one of the two cases.

The RCMP received a call from the B.C. Ambulance Service just after 3:21 a.m. after attending to a female who was refusing to be admitted to the Whistler Health Care Centre.

The police attended and leaned that the assault had occurred when the female had returned from a nightclub to her home on Sapporo Drive, and fallen asleep on the couch. She awoke to see a male standing in front of her. She reached for her cell phone, and the male struggled with her, giving her a bloody nose before leaving the premises. He is described as Caucasian, approximately five-foot-seven and 25 or 26 years old. He had blonde hair tied up in a bun. It's unknown how he gained access but it's not believed that the door was locked.

The RCMP is investigating and may bring in a sketch artist to try and identify the suspect. If you have any information, contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The second assault was reported at 8:30 a.m. on March 23. The female victim told the RCMP that the night before she had attended a hot tub party at a condominium complex. During the party, a male claiming to be a security guard approached her. He led her away to a room where he kissed and fondled her, and masturbated in front of her.

The RCMP has identified a suspect in that case, and the investigation is continuing.

Male expected to recover after snowmobile accident

At 3:20 p.m. on March 19 the Whistler and Pemberton RCMP received a call from the B.C. Ambulance Service after it got a call from a male who had driven his snowmobile into a hole on the Appa Glacier. The Pemberton Search and Rescue responded and evacuated the male by helicopter to the Whistler heliport and from there to the Whistler Health Care Centre. The male is described as having back and spinal injuries, but it's believed the 28-year-old, visiting from Norway, will make a full recovery.

Woman arrested for suspected drug trafficking, impaired driving

A 20-year-old Whistler female is facing charges for trafficking and for refusing to provide a breath sample after being pulled over at roughly 1:45 a.m. on March 21. The RCMP observed the suspect driving southbound past the Blueberry Hill neighbourhood at roughly 85km/h, or 25km/h over the limit, and then try to pass another southbound vehicle using the turn lane on Hillcrest Drive.

When the police stopped the vehicle they detected the odour of marijuana, and initiated an arrest for possession. They also detected the odour of alcohol on the suspect's breath and asked her to perform a roadside screening test for impairment. She refused, triggering automatic charges for refusal, while the computer system approved an immediate roadside driving prohibition of 90 days, plus a 30-day vehicle impound.

The driver asked to take personal items out of the vehicle before it could be towed, but a police search turned up a purse with several bags of what appeared to be cocaine, plus a marijuana joint, pills believed to be Oxycontin, and other items that supported the trafficking charge. She also had four unopened beers in her purse.

RCMP seek help in assault report

Just after 10 p.m. on March 22, the RCMP responded to a report of an assault in progress on the 4300 block of Northlands Boulevard. When officers attended they located and talked to two females, one of whom had been punched by a member of another party.

The other party, three males and a female who had accents from northern England, are alleged to have punched one of the two females on the cheek.

She was not seriously injured

The three men and one woman left the area. However, while leaving the female shed her down jacket, which the police have seized. She is described as having a heavy build, dirty-blonde hair and dark, baggy clothing.

If you saw anything, contact the RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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