Vancouver police may have just solved a 30+ year old sexual assault case – BC News

Charges in 32-year cold case

Cameron Thomson, VIA – | History: 350454

In the early hours of February 16, 1989, a teenage girl was pulled into a car and sexually assaulted near East 16th Avenue and Main Street. More than thirty years later, Vancouver police believe they may have solved the case.

When the assault was committed, the VPD detectives investigated and obtained evidence from the crime scene but could not identify a suspect. Twenty-eight years later in 2017, new evidence emerged, and VPD appointed a team of investigators to reconsider the case. Then, just earlier this year, the BC Prosecution Service approved charges of sexual assault, assault, making threats, theft under $ 5,000 and imprisonment against 55-year-old Joseph Richardson.

“Crimes against children can cause lifelong trauma and stress, which may never completely disappear,” says Cnst. Tania Visintin, VPD “Even when a case gets cold, we never give up hope that one day we will find the missing clue that helps bring closure and accountability.”

Richardson was arrested last month in Ottawa and remains in custody.

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