Will he be released back into our community?
How can we protect ourselves?
Those were some of the central questions asked during a community meeting in Strathcona Monday night, hosted by the Vancouver Police Department, in the wake of a vicious attack on a woman in her home last week.
More than 100 people packed into the Strathcona elementary school auditorium.
25 year old Caleb Heaton has been charged with tying up and violently sexually assaulting the woman, whose name is protected, prompting anguish in the community.
Many questioned monitoring practices if Heaton is released from custody after his next court appearance Thursday.
Gordon with the Strathcona Residents’ Association says the senseless attack has shaken the tight-knit neighborhood.
“It seems like it was a random event. There are ongoing security issues in the neighborhood but this was extreme. And so mostly what we are hoping is that people will be reassured that A, it was an extreme event, and B, the police are working to look after things.”
Around 400 people attended a walk in solidarity Friday evening.
Almost $45,000 has also been raised online in less than a week for the victim.