A convicted sex offender has been arrested in connection to the serious attack and attempted robbery of a teenage girl on her way to school on Tuesday morning.
Anton Ellis Foulds - who has an extensive criminal history that includes sexual offenses and multiple robberies and was the subject of an APD public warning - has been charged with sexual assault and robbery.
The 17-year-old victim was attacked walking in the 33500 block of South Fraser Way in the downtown core at 8 a.m. when a man approached her and hustled her into a green space a short distance away, said MacDonald.
At first the suspect tried to rob her but when she didn't have any valuables, he assaulted her before walking away east along Essendene Avenue.
The teenager's injuries were serious enough she had to be taken to hospital, but she has since been allowed home.
The high school student is badly shaken, said MacDonald.
"She's very traumatized, as is her family," he said.
Investigators are appealing for any potential witnesses or those with information on the attack to contact police.
APD wants as many witnesses as possible to ensure it has the best evidence and steadfast case, said MacDonald.
"This is of the highest priority. It's a stranger attack involving a sex assault against a young woman," he said.
"When you think of things that strike fear into parents, the community and police officers, this is right up there."
Foulds, 36, came to live in Abbotsford after completing his jail sentence at the end of April 2012.
At the time APD issued a warning about Foulds, particularly to women, and obtained court-ordered conditions to try and protect the public.
Foulds was prohibited from carrying weapons, consuming drugs or alcohol and had a curfew at night.
In 2002, Foulds had sexually assaulted and robbed a woman with a weapon in Victoria while on day parole as he was serving a four-year sentence for prior series of robberies.
MacDonald said it was disheartening the APD's extraordinary steps to protect the public hadn't prevented an attack.
"We're going to these extra measures . . . to do a public notification that this person is amongst us . . . and it's still not enough sometimes."
- with a file from Vancouver Sun