An assault occurred at the Castlegar & District Community Complex last week.

Woman fights off attacker

  • Feb. 16, 2011 5:00 p.m.

A 16-year-old male has been charged with sexual assault following an incident at the Castlegar Community Complex last week.

On Feb. 7, the teenager entered the women’s change room at approximately 8:45 p.m. and accosted an adult female who was showering.

The victim was able to fight the male off and was not physically injured, and the male ran away.

“He was identified and arrested the next day,” Sgt. Laurel Mathew of the Castlegar RCMP said, adding that the Complex’s hallway security cameras made the male easy to identify. He is also known to police, she added.

Mathew said this incident shouldn’t make women afraid to be at the Complex.

“Everybody wants to know what we can do to be safer, but this was such a random thing,” Mathew said.

“There was nothing to indicate that this was going to happen.”

She also indicated there were many Complex employees and other patrons in the building, so the victim didn’t put herself at risk.

The male appeared in court on Feb. 9 and has been ordered a 30-day psychiatric assessment.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Accident closes Hwy 22 near Castlegar

Highway not expected to reopen until Sunday.

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Castlegar pastors find life in wheelchair a challenge

The men found the obstacles were both physical and mental.

Columbia Avenue paving scheduled for weekend

Paving on Castlegar’s main thoroughfare will take place in a few days, weather permitting.

Tour company plans shuttle service to Kelowna for stranded travellers

SMT Kootenay wants to help travellers get in and out of ‘Cancelgar’ in winter months

Josie Hotel will be ready on opening day, says management

West Kootenay’s first ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel to open this month

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

Most Read