Fri, October 15, 2004
A passing Good Samaritan armed with a cellphone rescued a woman who was being sexually assaulted under the Alexandra Bridge Wednesday night. Police say a 26-year-old woman agreed to go for a walk with an acquaintance. A witness walking by the bridge, which leads to Hull, later heard her cries for help from the riverbank below and called 911.
"When the police arrived they found the two. The suspect was still in the act of committing an assault," Staff Sgt. Monique Ackland said.
The officers rescued the victim and arrested the suspect without incident.
"(The caller) did the right thing," Ackland said. "He did not put himself at risk. He listened and heard a female calling for help and used his cellphone to call police. If he'd tried to investigate himself, he's alone without backup, he's at risk."
Police say the victim and the suspect knew each other.
"This is not a random incident, someone waiting for prey and jumping on her,"Ackland said. "These are people who know each other. He wants to show her something, they go for a walk and this happens."
The woman was taken to hospital and examined but was otherwise unhurt.
Jude Georges, 32, appeared in court Thursday, charged with sexual assault and uttering a death threat. He was held for a psychiatric evaluation.