CALGARY – The Calgary police are looking for a suspect they believe has been responsible for at least 15 groping attacks on women since last November.
Officials say they have been informed of a number of sexual assaults in downtown and north Calgary, as well as several in Mission, Thorncliffe, Huntington Hills and Hillhurst.
The most recent incident occurred in Thorncliffe on Tuesday.
In every incident, the police say that the female victim walked alone when an unknown man grabbed her inappropriately.
In some reports, the suspect waits for an opportune moment when his victim is distracted, e.g. B. when looking at a device or in a pocket.
Police say the attacks took place day and night and the suspect is quick to flee after the incident.
Investigators are working to determine if the incidents are related to a single person or if more than one person is involved.
There is currently no description of the suspect as the victims’ reports were inconsistent.
In the meantime, the police are asking all other victims of these attacks to come forward.
“Under the Canadian Criminal Code, fumbling is classified as sexual assault and if convicted can result in jail time,” police said in a press release.
Officials also advise all Calgarians to play it safe in public and take appropriate precautions, such as:
Go for a walk with others or stick to well-populated areas.
Stay outdoors in well-lit areas;
Be aware of your surroundings;
Consider limiting the use of devices that could be distracting.
Limit what items you wear to protect yourself when needed.
If you are attacked, the police say that you:
Make a lot of noise to get attention.
Do not try to keep bags or valuables.
Pay attention to the physical characteristics of your attacker and what he is wearing and;
Call 911 immediately.
We call for increased awareness following a number of reports that women have been groped while walking alone.
If so, call 9-1-1 immediately. Safety tips: https://t.co/gAm3KkzaAp#yyc
– Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) January 21, 2021