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Man sought by Vancouver Police for two sexual assaults near Main and 41st

Last Updated Oct 23, 2020 at 12:34 pm PDT

FILE -- Vancouver Police are searching for a man they believe is responsible for two sexual assaults near Main Street and 41st Avenue. (Courtesy Vancouver Police Department)
Summary

Vancouver Police are searching for a man they believe sexually assaulted two women

Both times the man came up behind a woman, groped her, then ran away before police arrived: VPD

One assault happened Oct. 16, the second happened Oct. 19, both near Main Street and 41st Avenue

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted two women near Main Street and 41st Avenue.

The first assault happened on Oct. 16 when the man approached a woman from behind and groped her, according to police.

Three days later, he did the same thing to another woman.


Police say the man ran away before they arrived both times.

Const. Tania Visintin says the women were able to get to a safe place and call the police.

“Thankfully, these women were not physically injured but the emotional and mental distress they have to endure is concerning,” she says.

Investigators are trying to identify the suspect.

The man is described as 5’5″ to 5’7″ tall, with an average build.

He was wearing a black hat, grey hoodie, and black shoes with white soles during one assault. He was also wearing a medical mask and carrying a large umbrella.

He was wearing a royal blue Umbro jacket in the other incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 604-717-0604 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.