While the man believed to be behind an alleged assault of a local realtor remains at large, it appears police are hot on his trail.
Less than a week after releasing a detailed sketch of a man alleged to have assaulted the female realtor in Port Coquitlam, local Mounties have received a number of tips from the public.
RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung confirmed investigators working the case have received tips, but wouldn't divulge how many.
"We continue to want people to call in, and we wish to receive as many tips as possible," he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
"We'll follow up with every single one of them until the person is identified."
Coquitlam RCMP released the sketch of the suspect last week.
The alleged incident took place on the afternoon of May 4, when the suspect showed up to an open house at a property on Rowland Street. Police alleged the man assaulted the female realtor. She did not suffer any injuries and was able to convince the suspect to leave.
There have not been any reported incidents against realtors since the May assault.
The alleged sexual assault has also prompted the industry's provincial association to offer a reward to help find the suspect.
On Friday, the B.C. Real Estate Association announced it would provide a reward of $10,000 to any person who comes forward with information that leads directly to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for the assault on the realtor.
The BCREA's chief executive director, Robert Laing, said the association has a duty to help its members when an incident like an assault occurs.
"The message has to go out there, we're going to be behind the realtors and protect
them any way we can," he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
Laing said incidents against realtors are rare, adding the association is developing a public safety program for realtors so they don't find themselves at risk.
The BCREA's reward will be available until July 18, 2014.
"If it helps motivate someone to come forward with information that leads to getting this person off the street, we'll be happy," Laing said.
As for the
suspect, he is described as Asian, in his mid 30s, with dark hair and eyes, and some bumps on his face. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a T-shirt, jeans and running shoes.
Anyone who might recognize the suspect is asked to call police at 604-945-1580.
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