Video shows man accused in 2 attempted sex assaults
CTV British Columbia
Published Friday, May 10, 2013 4:20PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, May 10, 2013 8:45PM PDT
Police have released video footage of a man accused of trying to sexually assault two young women last weekend in downtown Vancouver.
The first incident happened around 10 p.m. May 4 when a man stalked behind a 22-year-old woman and tried to strike up a conversation. Police say he followed her down Pender Street to Cambie Street and then pushed her into a parking lot and knocked her to the ground.
The victim fought back, believing she was going to be sexually assaulted. He fled when witnesses heard her screams, said Const. Brian Montague.
Around four hours later, at 2:30 a.m., a woman standing outside of the Cambie Pub on Cambie Street was dragged into the south lane by an unknown man.
Also believing she was going to be sexually assaulted, the woman fought back and the suspect fled after a witness intervened.
The suspect is described as a white man between 20 and 30-years-old, 5-6 to 5-10 tall with a medium build. He was wearing long shorts, a dark sweater and a dark baseball cap with a light or white logo.
The VPD Sex Crimes Unit believes both incidents are sexually motivated and were carried out by the same person.
It is believed many people witnessed both assaults and haven’t come forward. Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have seen or heard something.
Anyone with information or recognizes the suspect is asked to call Vancouverpolice at 604-717-0604 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.