16-year-old arrested after 2 women sexually assaulted in Vancouver Sunday night

A teenager has been arrested in connection with two sex assaults in Vancouver. Ryan Stelting

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after two women were sexually assaulted within blocks of each other in the Oak Street area of Vancouver Sunday night.

Police say a woman was walking her dog around Alder Street and West 10th Avenue at around 10:15 p.m. when she was approached from behind and grabbed by a stranger.

Another call came in around 10:30 p.m. with reports of a similar incident near Birch Street and West 13th Avenue.

Both women screamed and ran off when they were grabbed.

The 16-year-old boy believed to be responsible for the attacks was arrested by the police a short distance away.

Vancouver Police Department’s Serious Crimes Unit is investigating.

VPD spokesperson Randy Fincham says they are investigating four previous assaults in the same area, spanning the period from Feb. 24 and March 3.

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Fincham says it is too early to tell if the same person is responsible for the previous four incidents.

“But given the circumstances of what happened last night, we will be looking at the four previous events as well,” says Fincham.

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