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Man grabs private parts of numerous college students

By Mason White 11:36 AM December 26, 2014
The suspect 

By: Tanya Malhotra
Police have warned college students that a man who grabs the private parts of college students, is still on the loose, police in Canada said.

The British Columbia Royal Canadian Mounted Police Major Crimes Section continues to investigate six sexual assault incidents that have occurred on the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus.

These incidents appear to be related and committed by the same suspect. A composite sketch has been released based on the collective suspect description.

The male suspect is described as Caucasian with a slightly darker or olive skin tone, possibly tanned, about 30 years old, thin build, about 6 feet tall, a longer rounder chin and face with straight nose, and broad forehead with short and dark hair.

“We are again urging the public to contact us with any and all information that may assist in identifying this suspect. Since we opened the tip lines, we have received approximately 20 tips that the detectives are pursuing,” Sgt. Peter Thiessen, Lower Mainland District RCMP Spokesperson,” said

“Please continue to use every precaution to ensure your personal safety when walking alone through the campus in the evening and remain vigilant of your surroundings,” he added.

In the first attack, a 20-year-old female resident of UBC was walking along Wesbrook Mall near Thunderbird Boulevard, when she was approached from behind by a male suspect.

The suspect grabbed the woman’s behind underneath her skirt, causing her to scream. The suspect then ran from the area. In the second incident, a 36-year-old female was walking into a building on Larkin Road.

An unknown male approached her from behind, lifted up her skirt and grabbed her behind. The male then ran away.

In the third incident, a 19-year-old female student resident was walking in the 6300 block of Biological Sciences Road, when she was approached from behind by an unknown male.

The male proceeded to wrap one arm around the woman’s waist area, picking her up and leading her to a garden area while placing his free hand up the woman’s skirt and groping her private parts.

The woman struggled and managed to break free from the lone attacker and screamed for help, causing the male suspect to flee on foot.

In the fourth incident, a 20-year-old female student resident was returning to her apartment in the 2700 block of Fairview, when she was approached from behind by an unknown male who emerged suddenly from a stairwell within the building where the woman lived.

The male proceeded to attempt to disrobe the woman from the coat she was wearing while placing one hand under the woman’s skirt, attempting to touch her private parts.

The woman struggled and managed to break free from the lone attacker and screamed for help, causing the male suspect to flee on foot.

In the fifth incident, a 17-year-old female student resident was walking alone on the UBC campus in the 2500 block of West Mall, when she was approached from behind by an unknown male who emerged suddenly from a wooded area.

The male placed his hands around the woman’s hips and attempted to drag her into the adjacent wooded area. During this attack the male also ripped the clothing off the woman.

The woman struggled and managed to break free from the lone attacker, and screamed for help, causing the male suspect to flee on foot.

The woman sustained a bruised eye, requiring minor first aid, after being punched in the face by the attacker.

In the sixth incident, a young woman reported that she was attacked while walking alone from Gage Hall on Student Union Boulevard.

She noticed a shadow behind her and was suddenly grabbed from behind. She threatened him and he ran away.