With files from Estefania Duran
Burnaby RCMP say three recent attacks on women are being treated as sexually motivated assaults that could be linked to other cases in recent months.
Sgt. Derek Thibodeau says the latest three may be linked.
Each case saw the attacker flee when his victims turned around, although the third assault saw the man grab a woman’s buttocks before he took off.
Thibodeau says while the victims may have been physically unhurt, they are taking the sexually motivated attack seriously.
“Well when you have a male assailant on a female pulling down the pants, or, it can be the same sex pulling down the pants…..we’re treating it as a…we’re cautioning the public because we are treating it as a sexual assault.”
The incidents occurred between September 1 and 3.
Special task force disassembled since attacks
Those attacks saw the Burnaby RCMP put together a special task force that did see some arrests made in certain cases.
But Thibodeau says that task force has since been disbanded.
“…But, should a task force be deemed necessary one will be added again, created again.”
Thibodeau says although the attacker fled each time his victims turned to face him there are concerns he could become more violent next time.
Further information on reported attacks
On September 1st, RCMP received two reports of women being followed along Mary Avenue, near 16th avenue.
Both women said the male suspect pulled their pants down and then ran away.
Each incident happened 20 minutes apart of one another.
Police say the description of the suspect was similar in both incidents.
He was described as in his late teens to early 20s, between 5’7″ and 5’10”, thin build, with prominent dark eyebrows.
The third incident happened on September 3rd along the 7400 block of Kingsway.
The woman was walking down an alley when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her.
When she turned around the man was running away.
The suspect was described as light skinned, male, between 5′ 7″ and 5′ 9″, with a thin build.
He was wearing a red jacket and blue jeans.
Police say none of the women were injured but are cautioning the public to be vigilant while walking alone in the area.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Burnaby RCMP or Crime Stoppers.