Officers Commended for Acton Rape Investigation

Prompt action led to speedy arrest of suspect last year

Met says action of officers prevented other sexual assaults
Met says action of officers prevented other sexual assaults. Picture: Met Police


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Three police officers have received a Commander’s Commendation for work they did on a case of sexual assault that took place in Acton last year

Acting Inspector Hayes, PC Curtis and PC Vivanco Aguilar were recognised for their professionalism, teamwork and dedication to duty in apprehending a violent suspect wanted for multiple sexual offences.

On Saturday, 28 September a woman in her twenties was dragged into an alleyway after being followed from Acton Town tube station where she was violently attacked and raped suffering serious injuries.

The suspect fitted the description of a man wanted for a number of sexual assaults in the same vicinity and who had previously followed lone females.

Acting Inspector Hayes initiated a number of patrols by plain clothes officers in the area to locate the suspect.

After about an hour PC Curtis and PC Vivanco Aguilar identified a man matching his description. His clothing matched the description of those worn by the suspect the day before as described by the victim and still images taken from CCTV. He was arrested at the scene.

The Metropolitan Police say, “No doubt the actions of these officers have prevented another serious violent sexual assault. They have provided reassurance to the community and a sense of justice to the victim of this shocking violent attack.”

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August 12, 2021

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