Boy, 16, grabbed off street, sexually assaulted in van in Burlington: police

Halton police are warning residents of Burlington to be "vigilant" after a teen reported that he was forced inside a van and sexually assaulted by two men last month.

According to police, a 16-year-old boy was walking in the Palmer Drive and Bentworth Drive area after 11:30 p.m. on March 21. He approached a stopped van.

He was forced inside the van and sexually assaulted by two males, according to a news release issued by Halton Regional Police Service.

The teen was later released a short distance away, near Michael Crescent.

Police are looking for two suspects, as well as the van they believe was driven during the incident.

The first suspect is described as male, possibly Hispanic, standing 6'1" with a heavy-set build. He was wearing a black shirt, a mask and a hood.

The second suspect is also male, possibly Hispanic, standing 5'11" and wearing a black shirt and mask, as well as a hood.

The vehicle is a black utility van with tinted front windows and a blue-and-yellow license plate.

Police said while they have not received reports of similar incidents, there was a delay in reporting the incident. The news release warned residents "to be vigilant with their safety and report any suspicious incidents to police immediately."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Rob Todd of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit at 905-465-8975, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 800-222-TIPS.