One of the victimâ€™s neighbors, Shelley Sullivan, was quoted as saying, â€œShe was very brave and smart and strong. She fought back. She made noise. And help came in the form of some amazing heroic neighbors who showed a lot of courage, who stepped up, stopped this horrible crime, and probably saved this young womanâ€™s life.â€
A witness to the attack, Amber Ritchie, said, â€œIt looked like something out of a horror movie. She was covered in blood. Iâ€™m pretty traumatized. Iâ€™m sure it will haunt me for a while. It was a real, brutal, nasty, rape scene.â€
Police took the thoroughly beaten perpetrator into custody. He faces charges of aggravated sexual assault, breaking and entering, robbery, and unlawful confinement.
Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu said, â€œWe have investigative teams that are putting together the strongest case we can against the suspect we have in custody. And weâ€™re working hard on the west side assault to see if thereâ€™s a link, and also examining some other cases across Canada.â€