Leduc RCMP were alerted to a sexual assault that occurred in the City of Leduc on Jan.12, 2020.
Through the investigation the Leduc RCMP launched, they learned that a female in Leduc requested a ride to Edmonton through the social media messenger app, Snapchat. A newly added friend agreed to give her a ride and came to Leduc to pick her up.
The male suspect and the female drove to the area of 50 Street and Black Gold Drive and parked. The male sexually assaulted the female inside his vehicle. The male then drove the female into Edmonton, where she got out of the vehicle and called police.
RCMP say this was a complex investigation that included a production order and DNA warrant.
As a result of this investigation, Leduc General Investigation Section arrested and charged Hamza Zahid, 19, of Edmonton with sexual assault.
Zahid was released from custody to appear in Leduc Provincial Court on October 22, 2020.
Police remind the public to take precautions and be careful when meeting people through social media.