TORONTO – Toronto police announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect sought in two separate historical sexual assault investigations.
Police released two composite sketches of the man wanted in connection with a sex assault in Toronto in 1992 and an 1985 sex assault in Vancouver.
One sketch shows the suspect with darker brown hair, while the other one depicts him with light blond hair.
In the Toronto case, police said a 21-year-old woman was walking home in the area of Yonge and Balliol streets on June 10, 1992 at around 11:30 p.m. when she was allegedly sexually assaulted.
“It is alleged that a man followed her into her apartment building and then into an elevator, at which time, he brandished a handgun and forced her into a stairwell. The man then sexually assaulted her at gunpoint,” said Toronto police Det. Ali Ansari, with the sex crimes unit.
He fled and was never identified so the case went cold, Ansari said.
In the Vancouver case, a 34-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle in a West Pender Street area parking garage when it’s alleged she was sexually assaulted in the stairwell and robbed. The man was never identified and the case went cold.
But in April 2005, the forensic DNA evidence in Toronto was linked to the evidence in the Vancouver case. Ansari declined to say what the evidence was. The suspect will face a sexual assault charge in Toronto and possibly sexual assault and robbery in Vancouver, he said.
Police believe there could be other victims.
“The message to the perpetrator is that we are coming for you. You better be looking over your shoulder,” Ansari said.
Anyone with information about the cases is asked to contact Ansari directly at 416-808-7448 or through Crime Stoppers.