Police investigating child sex assault and prowling incident in Etobicoke

Aug 2 2018, 1:09 pm

Toronto police have issued a public safety alert after it was reported that a child was sexually assaulted in a home in The West Mall area on Saturday night.

According to police on Saturday, July 28 between 11 pm and midnight, a man entered a home in the area of Renforth Drive and Burnhamthorpe Road before sexually assaulting a child and fleeing in an “unknown direction.”

Following Saturday’s incident, police say that on Sunday, July 29 at around 11 pm, a man was seen prowling in the backyard of the same home.

The man is described as white, in his late 20s to 30s, approximately 5’8′ to 5″9″, with short dark hair, and wearing a dark jacket.

After canvassing the area, police learned about other similar incidents involving prowling on personal property, indecent acts and exposure in the area bordered by Rathburn Road, The West Mall, Bloor Street West and Renforth Drive.

Police say while these other incidents are of great concern, there is no evidence connecting those incidents to the reported sexual assault.

Officers are asking anyone with home or business security cameras to review the content between Saturday, July 28 and Monday, July 30 and contact police if there are any images that could assist with this investigation.

Community members in this area are asked “to be vigilant” and report any past or present incidents of suspicious behaviour.

Investigators can be contacted at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com.

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