text size:



  Male Arrested After Sexually Assaulting a Woman in an Elevator

May 15, 2018 10:07 ET

A 25-year-old Oshawa male was arrested after he sexually assaulted a woman in an elevator.

On Monday, May 14, 2018, at approximately 10:10 a.m., a 30-year-old female entered the elevator of her apartment building in the area of Taunton Road East and Ritson Road North in Oshawa. A lone male followed her into the elevator and touched her inappropriately. When the doors opened, she fled into the hallway and tried to enter her apartment unit. The suspect chased her and attempted to tackle her to the ground. She was able to fight him off and the suspect fled the scene. The victim was not physically injured and called police immediately.

Responding officers were able to identify and locate the suspect at his residence. He was taken into custody without incident.

Ricardo MELLIPHANT, age 24 of Pentland Street in Oshawa, is charged with Sexual Assault and Assault. He was held for a bail hearing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Broadfoot of the Central East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2291.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.