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Man who offers victims 'blessing' suspected of multiple assaults

Last Updated Jun 17, 2017 at 10:06 am EDT

Police have released security camera footage of a man suspected in multiple assaults in the Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West area. TORONTO POLICE

Police say a man who claims women need a “blessing” before sexually assaulting them is now suspected of multiple assaults in the Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West area.

In addition to the first incident that occurred on May 23, police received two new complaints after the initial news release regarding the suspect on June 6.

One of the new complaints stemmed from an incident that reportedly occurred on May 22 at around 11:30 p.m.

The man approached a 27-year-old woman as she was walking to her residence.

He asked if he could bless her and when she refused, he allegedly assaulted her and offered another blessing. The women refused once again and the man proceeded to follow her to her residence. He left once the family dog began barking.

The third incident reportedly occurred on May 24 at around 4 p.m.

The man knocked on the door of a 38-year-old woman. He asked if he could give her a blessing as he walked into her entryway.

He then allegedly sexually assaulted her inside her apartment.

Police have released security camera video of the man. He is described as six feet tall with a long brown beard, long brown side curls in his hair and glasses. Police say he speaks Hebrew and English.

Police are concerned there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

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Yikes. He looks like one of the Bee Gees.

June 17, 2017 at 11:38 am

@Jan Italia: Is that Barry??

June 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm