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A Vancouver police squad car. (Rafal Gerszak for The Globe and Mail)
A Vancouver police squad car. (Rafal Gerszak for The Globe and Mail)

Charges laid in brutal Downtown Eastside assault case Add to ...

Charges have been laid in the brutal beating of a Vancouver woman who was dragged behind a van when she tried to escape.

Vancouver Police arrested a 39-year-old citizen of New Zealand, who was working as a handyman and using the alias Robert Clarke, on Thursday.

Investigators allege the 42-year-old victim was picked up against her will, driven to a secluded area, tied up and beaten during the incident earlier this month.

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Witnesses called 911 on seeing her being dragged behind a white van after police believe she attempted to jump from the moving vehicle.

Insp. Laurence Rankin says officers picked up a man for violating immigration laws just days after the assault, but only concluded he is a suspect in the attack in the following weeks.

Thirty-nine-year-old Michael Farley is charged with eight counts, including aggravated sexual assault causing bodily harm and overcoming resistance by choking to commit a kidnapping.

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