Woman sexually assaulted in downtown Vancouver

Sep 12 2016, 3:51 pm

The Vancouver Police Department is investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted in downtown Vancouver on Sunday night.

At around 10:15 pm, the woman was walking on Burrard Street near West Georgia when a man grabbed her buttocks and ran away. Police officers searched the area but couldn’t find him.

The man is described as being in his late 20s and was possibly wearing a red shirt and baseball cap.

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This follows three sexual assaults that happened recently in Burnaby of a similar nature. A man pulled down the pants of two women about 20 minutes apart on September 2 at 1:10 am, and a third attack where a woman’s buttocks was grabbed happened the next day.

The first two attacks happened in the area of Mary Avenue and 16th Street, while the third attack happened in the 7400 block of Kingsway. The Burnaby RCMP believes all three assaults were related.

In the first two attacks, the man is described as being slim, between 5’7″ and 5’10” tall, medium skinned, with dark eyebrows, in his late teens or early 20s, and was wearing a black baseball hat, black hoody, and dark jeans. In the second attack, the man was described again as being 5’7″ to 5’9″ tall, with a slim build and was wearing a red jacket and blue jeans.

It’s unknown whether the Vancouver attack is connected to the Burnaby ones.