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York police seek suspect in string of sexual assaults


Four women have been sexually assaulted in Richmond Hill in broad daylight in recent weeks, according to York Regional Police.

A man grabbed a 14-year-old girl who was walking past him at a bus stop, dragged her to the ground, and touched her inappropriately on March 17 around 8 a.m. near Bathurst Street and Major Mackenzie Drive. He then let go of her and walked away.

On March 26 around 10:15 a.m. a man crossed the street to follow a 49-year-old woman near Bathurst Street and Shaftsbury Avenue. He then grabbed her and pulled her to the ground. He let go, got into a dark-coloured car, and drove away.

A 32-year-old woman was walking through a schoolyard on Lucas Street around 5:45 p.m. on April 3 when a man she had seen standing near the school quickly came up to her, grabbed her, dragged her to the ground, and touched her inappropriately. She screamed and broke free and was able to run away.

The most recent incident occurred on Monday around 5:30 p.m. Two 14-year-old girls were walking on a path near Bathurst and Mill streets when a man passing them reached out and touched one of the girls inappropriately.

The suspect is described as a white man, 35 to 55 years old, five-foot-eight to six feet tall with a medium build, short brown hair and a clean-cut appearance. He was wearing a blue jacket or sweater.

Anyone with information is asked to call the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).