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RCMP release sketch of sexual assault suspect

Two women attacked in Whistler Village in past two weeks


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The RCMP has released a sketch of a suspect wanted for questioning for two attempted sexual assaults in the last two weeks in and around Whistler Village.

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.

The RCMP were able to develop a composite sketch of the suspect from the woman attacked on Oct. 19.

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.

And 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 on Oct. 18. 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 at the time.

Anyone with information as to the identity of the male, or information that would help RCMP with their investigation should contact Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

- With files by Andrew Mitchell.