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Woman held against her will in vehicle driving in Burnaby and New Westminster: police

Woman was trying to get the attention of other motorists by using hand signals.
toyota highlander suspect
The vehicle, a grey Toyota Highlander (pictured), was travelling through numerous municipalities in the Metro Vancouver area – including New Westminster and Burnaby.

New Westminster Police Department investigators are asking witnesses to come forward after a woman was assaulted and "held against her will" in a moving vehicle driving through Burnaby and New West.

Police said in a news release that they believe this assault took place on March 23 between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

The vehicle, a grey Toyota Highlander (pictured above), was travelling through numerous municipalities in the Metro Vancouver area – including New Westminster and Burnaby.

“It is believed the vehicle did stop for a period of time in the area of Burnaby Hospital,” said the news release.

“The passenger in the vehicle, who was the victim of this alleged assault, was actively trying to exit the vehicle, and get the attention of other motorists by using hand signals and calling out for help.”

The victim is described as having short dark hair and wearing a red sweatshirt, black jacket, and blue jeans at the time of the assault.

“If you were driving in the early morning hours of March 23rd, and you witnessed a woman in a grey Toyota Highlander that appeared to need help, please call our tip line,” said Sgt. Sanjay Kumar, in a statement. “This victim was waving and using the hand symbol that communicates domestic violence.”

A suspect has been arrested.

If you have information, call the NWPD Major Crime Unit – Tip Line at 604-529-2430.

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