The Port Alberni RCMP has arrested a local man in connection with two sexual assaults, one that was reported to the media on August 24th. Police had asked the public to be on the lookout for a black pick-up truck after a 25 year old woman was sexually assaulted in her home on July 23rd, 2014. Police worked diligently on this file, following up many tips, and interviewing witnesses. The break needed to push the file to a successful conclusion occurred when a suspect was apprehended in a second sexual assault on August 28th, 2014.
Officers were able to establish strong linkages between the assaults and they ramped up their initial investigation until they were confident they had the suspect. 50 year old Randall Frederick McBean of Port Alberni will appear in provincial court today to answer to two charges of Sexual Assault and one count of Break and Enter to Commit a Sexual Assault.
Our investigators did not stop until they put these two files to rest. We continue to support the victims of these serious offences as the nextstage in our justice system takes the reins, said Inspector Mac Richards the Officer in Charge of the Port Alberni Detachment.
It is a very good day when the ink dries on an investigation that gets a dangerous offender off the street, he said.
The Port Alberni RCMP would like to thank the community and the media for their help with these investigations. Many tips were called into the detachment and many eyes were searching for the suspect and the suspect vehicle.