RNC lay additional sex assault charges against man

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Sofyan Boalag is shown in provincial court. — File photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Criminal Investigation Division has arrested and charged Sofyan Baolag with new charges in relation to two more sexual assault investigations in the centre of St. John’s.

Boalag was previously charged last December in connection with two sexual assaults. He is now charged in connection with sexual assaults on four women.

The 33-year-old man has been arrested this week and charged in relation to two separate incidents which occurred during the fall of 2012. Baolag has been charged with sexual interference, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, robbery with violence and two counts of sexual assault with a weapon. Police said he will appear in court today.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, around 6:20 a.m. officers from RNC patrol services responded to a report of a sexual assault in the area of LeMarchant Road. The RNC said the female youth victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, between 3 and 4 a.m.,the RNC said another woman was robbed and sexually assaulted in the Bonaventure Avenue area. The

male suspect later fled the area on foot, armed with a knife. The female victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Charges laid earlier against him include:

• On Dec. 9, 2012 committing a sexual assault upon a woman while carrying, using or threatening to use a weapon — knife; sexual assault causing bodily harm on the woman; robbery from the woman; carrying a concealed weapon, a knife, enabling or assisting himself or another person to commit an indictable offence, unlawfully attempt to choke, strangle or suffocate a woman;

 • On Dec. 10, 2012, resisting arrrest; possession of stolen goods belonging to a woman; possession of property belonging to another person.

The RNC Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate and is seeking the assistance of the general public and anyone that may have information in relation to this crime is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). People can also provide information anonymously on the N.L. Crime Stoppers Website at: www.nlcrimestoppers.com.



Organizations: RNC Criminal Investigation Division, Crime Stoppers, N.L. Crime Stoppers Website

Geographic location: LeMarchant Road, Bonaventure Avenue

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