South Surrey sex assault suspect arrested in Ontario

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A man wanted in connection with a violent June 16 sexual assault in South Surrey has been arrested.

Police announced Monday 23-year-old Dardan Elbasani was arrested in a Niagara Falls, On., casino over the weekend, by officers with Surrey RCMP's Serious Crimes Unit.

Investigators "worked tirelessly" on the case, Supt. Bill Fordy said in a statement. "They used every investigative technique available to them, working seamlessly with partners in Ontario including the Peel Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police. This was a fantastic example of police agencies from across the country working together on short notice."

The incident occurred in Southmere Village Park early June 16, when a woman out for a walk was assaulted by a man who emerged from the bushes. The assailant fled after the woman screamed continually.

Elbasani – who was also wanted on outstanding warrants in Surrey, White Rock and Langley – is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm. He is expected to appear in Surrey Provincial Court this week.


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