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RCMP investigating three attempted sex assaults

Too soon to say whether there's a common suspect in attacks

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The Whistler RCMP is investigating possible links between separate incidents of attempted sexual assault going back to February.

The first report was for an incident that occurred on Oct. 18 around 2:40 a.m. A woman was walking home from the village in the Village Gate/Whistler Way area when she was approached by a male who pulled her into the ditch. Her attacker attempted to remove her pants, but the victim, a 20-year-old from Australia living in Whistler, fought back and managed to escape.

The second incident occurred between 1:40 a.m. and 2 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 19 in Village Square. A 35-year-old Whistler woman was approached by an intoxicated male, who told the victim to come with him. The male then grabbed her and attempted to pull her away, but only came away with her toque. The victim then escaped and contacted police.

In the first attempted sex assault, the suspect is described as an Indo-Canadian male, approximately six feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a khaki-coloured jacket, possibly a hoodie and may have some scratches or bruises from when the victim fought back.

In the second attempted assault, the suspect is described as an Indo-Canadian male, possibly in his early 40s, wearing a dark leather jacket, slacks, green socks and patent leather loafers with a square toe.

"Since our media release from last week we have become aware of another incident with similar fact patterns that we are investigating," said Sergeant Rob Knapton of the Whistler RCMP in a press release.

On Oct. 20, the RCMP received a complaint regarding a third attempted sex assault that took place in February — possibly prompted by media reports of the first attempted assault last week. According to RCMP, the victim was exiting a nightclub in Whistler Village when she was approached by an Indo-Canadian male claiming to be a cab driver who already had her friends in his vehicle. He led teh woman to an alley where he attempted to kiss and touch her, at which point the female escaped. She did not report it to police.

The RCMP has brought in a sketch artist and should have a sketch of at least one of the suspects available to the public this week.

The police also wish to hear from anyone in the community that may have experienced something similar but did not report it. If you have any information, call the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The police also provided advice for women travelling after dark: never travel alone, stick to well-lit and busy areas, and be aware of surroundings. As well, be skeptical if approached by a stranger and never go anywhere with someone you don't know.

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