York Regional Police made a swift arrest in the reported sexual assault of an Aurora woman mowing her front lawn and are crediting the community with providing “overwhelming assistance.”
A 23-year-old Aurora man was charged with sexual assault on Saturday, Aug. 11. At about 3:30 p.m. that day, a 47-year-old Stone Road woman told police a man ran up behind her, lowered his shorts and grabbed her, pulling her towards him. The woman turned and confronted the suspect, who fled on foot.
Investigators released images and video of the suspect and appealed to the community for help in identifying him. They received several phone call tips, emails, social media messages and Crime Stoppers tips which led to the suspect’s arrest at about 6:45 p.m. Because of circumstances associated to the accused, his identity is not being released.
The suspect appeared in court in Newmarket on Aug. 17. “We are grateful for the strong partnership York Regional Police enjoys with our community,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said in a statement. “This fast response assisted us in bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion and shows that our citizens are equally committed to a safe and secure community.”