Watch above: Edmonton police have charged a man in connection with three alleged sexual assaults, and police believe there could be more victims. Eric Szeto reports.
EDMONTON – Police have a man in custody for three alleged sexual assaults, and believe there may be more victims.
Police believe the suspect has been targeting individuals who are smaller in stature. Three women of Asian descent were reportedly attacked in central Edmonton between April and July 2014.
The alleged assaults happened in the following areas:
near Commonwealth StadiumKingsway Avenue and 119 Streetand 111 Avenue and 82 Street
In each of the three cases, the women noticed the suspect lingering in a public space. Once they were in a more isolated area, they say he sexually assaulted them.
“The complainants are quite lucky…they didn’t have to be hospitalized, so physical injuries were more minor,” said Staff Sgt. Shawna Grimes.
“But…you can imagine the trauma in something like this. You’re in a public area in the early evening hours, I think we would all feel safe in that circumstance.
“The trauma would be quite lasting, I suspect.”
Police would not confirm the name of the suspect, who remains in their custody. They will only say “he appears to be in his late teens to early 20s, [and] is approximately six feet tall with a thin build.”
They continue to investigate and are encouraging witnesses or anyone who was sexually assaulted to contact them at 780-423-4567. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.