The Saint John Police are seeking the public’s assistance in a sexual assault investigation.
It is alleged that:
On Thursday, February 2, 2024, between 2:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m., a 29-year-old woman was picked up in the area of Anglin Drive by a small dark blue SUV displaying a “VETS” taxi sign on the roof. The first letter of the NB license plate was “J” and there was no taxi meter in the vehicle.
The driver of the SUV was described as East Indian or possibly Middle Eastern, 20-25 years old, tall and thin with dark, “shaggy” hair.
The suspect drove the woman to a parking lot on Lowell Street where he sexually assaulted her. She sustained non-life-threatening physical injuries.
Vet’s taxi has confirmed that they do not have any vehicles matching this description in their fleet and all of their vehicles have license plates that begin with the letter “H”. It is believed that the sign may have been stolen.
All taxi drivers should have an operator’s license easily visible to the passengers. For safety, it is recommended that all rides be arranged directly through the company itself.
The Major Crime Unit continues to investigate.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saint John Police Force at 1-506-648-3333, or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 1-800-222-T.I.P.S.