It’s been nearly six months since a Tri-Cities realtor was assaulted on the job, but there is still no sign of the alleged suspect.
So the industry’s provincial association is once again reminding the public a reward is still out there to catch the perpetrator.
The B.C. Real Estate Association (BCREA) renewed its 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.
Damian Stathonikos, a spokesperson for the BCREA, said the renewed reminder is a way of bringing some attention back to the case, which has stalled.
“Because no progress has been made, we thought it would be an opportune time to remind people about the reward,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
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 had assaulted the female realtor. She did not suffer any injuries and was able to convince the suspect to leave.
Coquitlam RCMP went public with the incident and released a sketch of the suspect in July.
On Monday, RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said there are no updates on the case.
He noted investigators followed up on all of the tips at the time, but nothing could be substantiated.
“With the new reward hopefully that will generate more new tips,” Chung said, adding finding the suspect remains a priority for the detachment.
There have not been any reported incidents against realtors in the Tri-Cities since the May assault.
“We would definitely welcome any new tips or information on the identity of this person,” Chung said.
The real estate association indicated there is more awareness and precautions being taken by realtors since the incident was reported.
Stathonikos pointed out incidents involving realtors are rare considering the number of transactions taking place in the industry throughout the province.
“Whenever something does [happen], we just want to make sure that we can do something to help resolve the case and make sure whoever is responsible is brought to justice,” he said.
The BCREA’s reward will be available until July 18, 2014.
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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