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Abduction suspect facing 7 charges after alleged attack in Maple Ridge. B.C.

01/25/2013 06:28 EST | Updated 03/27/2013 05:12 EDT
Police say a 25-year-old Surrey, B.C., man is facing seven charges after a 17-year-old girl reported an attempted abduction to police in Maple Ridge Saturday.

Ian James William Campbell was arrested Tuesday in Vancouver, shortly after police in Maple Ridge released a photo of the suspect and began receiving tips from the public.

Campbell has now been charged with kidnapping, choking, assault, assault with a weapon, producing an imitation firearm, unlawful confinement and auto theft.

Campbell has a criminal history stretching back to 2005, when he stole a car and led police in a high-speed pursuit that ended in the death of a teenage passenger.

Campbell was convicted of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and operating a vehicle in police pursuit.

He was given a 52-month prison term, minus 20 months for the time he spent in jail awaiting trial.

Community came together

Insp. David Fleugel said the current alleged-kidnapping case is complex and ongoing, but he credits the community with helping the police to quickly identify and locate a suspect.

"I would again like to thank all citizens who provided information that allowed investigators a chance to solve this incident so fast," Fleugel said in a written statement.

"It speaks to the great relationship Ridge Meadows RCMP has with their citizens, and how we all can pull together to keep our communities safe."

Police were seeking a suspect who allegedly approached a 17-year-old girl Saturday night outside Westgate Mall, and asked her to help him start his car.

The suspect then allegedly produced a gun and made the girl drive him in her own vehicle to a secluded location, where she was attacked and beaten.

She ripped a piece of jewelry off her attacker and escaped to a nearby home. The suspect then drove away in her car.

Police said media attention about the assault brought in tips from several other women, who reported being approached in a similar manner by a man near Westgate Mall.

Police investigators were then able to isolate a set of likely photos of the suspect from mall security cameras and release a photograph of the piece of jewelry the 17-year-old girl said she grabbed off the suspect.

Ridge Meadows RCMP said Campbell appeared in court Thursday and remains in custody.

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