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RCMP investigate forcible confinement, sexual assault of Creston woman

Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Creston RCMP at 250-428-9313 or via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

RCMP is asking for public support following the violent sexual assault of a 47-year-old Creston woman Tuesday evening, a media release Wednesday said.

Creston RCMP said police are actively investigating the incident involving a woman being forced into her vehicle and sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant.

Police became involved after being contacted Tuesday December 11, at approximately 11 p.m. by the East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook that staff was treating a 47-year-old Creston woman who had reported being forcibly confined and sexually assaulted earlier that evening.

Police said the victim told RCMP investigators that at approximately 7 p.m. she was transferring items from her vehicle to her house while parked in the alley behind the 1100 Block of Hillside Drive in Creston when she was accosted from behind by an unknown assailant who forced her into her vehicle.

Police said the suspect covered the woman’s head with what appeared to be bags and bound her hands and feet with tape. Police said the suspect then drove the woman’s vehicle, a 2008 Grey Pontiac Wave Hatchback away, with the woman inside.

“The suspect drove the victim east out of Creston on Highway 3 and at one point on Highway 3 the suspect pulled over and sexually assaulted the victim,” the media release said.

“The suspect then continued east on Highway 3 and once near Cranbrook the suspect stopped the vehicle and fled on foot. The victim was able to free herself from the restraints and drove herself to Cranbrook where she received assistance.”

Creston RCMP is seeking any possible witnesses who may have seen something at the woman’s residence or along the route. Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Creston RCMP at 250-428-9313 or via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.