A public safety alert has been issued by Toronto Police after a series of reported sexual assaults took place near the York University campus over the last couple months. Three women were reportedly sexually assaulted near the campus in North York. The first incident happened on October 24th - the most recent assault happened only a few days ago, on December 19th. Police say that all of the incidents happened "in close proximity to each other."
The first incident was reported by a 20-year-old, who was grabbed by a man from behind at around 7:30 PM in the area of Murray Ross Parkway and Sentinel Road. Global News reports that she was able to fight him off and escape the attack.
Police describe the attacker as " between 20 to 25 years old, 5’9" to 5’10, with a slim build, clean shaven with a round face and thick lips." He was reportedly wearing a dark grey, loose toque pulled down to his eyes, a light-coloured shirt, a dark waist-length, bomber-style jacket, and dark tightly fitted pants at the time of the assault.
The second assault happened on Halloween, at around 8:20 PM. A 22-year-old woman was walking just a short distance away from the first assault, at Cook Road and Sentinel Road. She was also grabbed from behind by a man with a similar physical description and also managed to escape.
The most recent assault happened this past Wednesday evening, on December 19th at 9:30 PM. The assault happened on Sentinel Road approaching Fountainhead Park. This time, the attacker approached her from behind, " held a knife to her throat, threatened her, and sexually assaulted her." The man's physical description bore a strong resemblance to the previous assaults in the same area.
Toronto Police have released this composite sketch of the man wanted in the sexual assault on October 24th, based on the physical description provided by the victim:
Police ask anyone with information to call 416-808-7474. Or, they can reach Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS, or online at www.222tips.com.