Nanaimo RCMP calling for witnesses after sexual assaults on Bowen Rd. – Nanaimo News NOW

Nanaimo RCMP calling for witnesses after sexual assaults on Bowen Rd. - Nanaimo News NOW
Nanaimo RCMP seeking suspect in pair of brazen alleged groping incidents
Anyone with information is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

According to police, the two incidents happened Monday, May 27 around 11:30 a.m. and about 10 minutes apart. Neither victim was hurt, and both women were able to provide a description of the suspect to police.

Mother groped as she pushed baby in stroller: Nanaimo RCMP

Mounties said the first incident allegedly happened at the intersection of Bowen Road and Dufferin Crescent.

The 21-year-old victim was crossing the street in a crosswalk when the suspect allegedly walked up, grabbed her buttocks, then fled northbound on Bowen Road, police said.

About 10 minutes later, a man approached a 32-year-old mother who was pushing her baby in a stroller near the Husky Station at Meredith Road and Bowen Road, police said.

“The descriptions are similar enough to lead investigators to believe both incidents were carried out by the same individual,” said Const. Gary O’Brien in a media release.

The first victim described the man as Indigenous or Hispanic, about five-foot-six, with short hair and brown eyes. He was described as wearing brown pants, a light-coloured shirt and a black backpack with a diamond on it.

The second victim described an Indigenous or Hispanic man with short black hair. He was described as wearing a white t-shirt, tan khaki pants and carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

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Mounties are searching for a man accused in two cases of unwanted sexual touching on a Nanaimo street last Monday.

The women each reported they were walking along Bowen Road on May 27 at around 11:30 a.m. when a man approached them.

Investigators say in the first case, a 21-year-old woman was crossing at Dufferin Crescent when the man grabbed her buttocks and ran northbound on Bowen Road.

Ten minutes later, a 32-year-old mother pushing her infant in a stroller passed a Husky station near Meredith Road at Bowen Road.

The man walked by and grabbed her buttocks then once again ran northbound on Bowen Road, according to RCMP. Neither woman was injured.

The man was described as possibly Indigenous or Spanish, about 56" with a slim build, short hair and brown eyes.

The women said he was wearing brown or tan khaki pants, a light-coloured or white T-shirt and was carrying a black backpack with a diamond on it.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call police at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.  

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