Buttocks-grabber assaults two women in separate incidents in Nanaimo – Times Colonist

Buttocks-grabber assaults two women in separate incidents in Nanaimo - Times Colonist
Nanaimo RCMP calling for witnesses after sexual assaults on Bowen Rd.
“I will quadruple check there’s no one around me,” said the 21-year-old, who asked CHEK to protect her identity.

“I’m definitely keeping more eyes on people,” she said. “You don’t know, it’s just worrisome.”

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.

Mother groped as she pushed baby in stroller: Nanaimo RCMP

Her fear is in the wake of a frightening groping incident at the intersection of Dufferin and Bowen roads on May 26, 2019 at around 11 a.m. The 21-year-old was waiting to cross at the intersection, when a young man allegedly grabbed her buttocks, smirked and ran away.

“Like I was ready to hit him but my hands were full and when he turned around and smirked at me I was ready to honestly chase after him.”

Ten minutes later at Bowen and Meredith roads, a woman pushing a baby stroller and passing the Husky station was allegedly groped as well by a man matching the same description.

“Based on the descriptions, it appears that it is the same individual involved,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer with the Nanaimo RCMP.

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.

“So what we have is a male who is Indigenous or Spanish descent about five foot six, slight build, short dark hair,” said O’Brien. In the first incident, the man is described as wearing brown pants, a light-coloured shirt and was carrying a black backpack with a diamond on it. In the second incident, he is described as wearing a white T-shirt, tan khaki pants and carrying a black backpack.

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.

Now RCMP and his victims are eager to see the suspect caught, before his unwanted touching escalates.

“So we certainly want to find out who this individual is and put a stop to it as quickly as possible.

“He’s a coward. He has to wait for an opportunity that’s someone’s busy and they can’t do something about it,” she said.

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

“He’s looking for an opportunity and that’s even worse. I feel like he’s done it before.”

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

RCMP are urging anyone with a similar experience to come forward. Anyone with information can call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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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