RCMP issue another warning after 2 more sex assaults in Burnaby

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WATCH: Police are warning women to be extra vigilant in Burnaby, after two women report sexual assaults. A special task force has been established to investigate the attacks. Jill Bennett has the details – Mar 8, 2016

Burnaby RCMP issued another warning to women after two more sexual assaults in the Burnaby area over the weekend.

They are now investigating five different assaults since the end of January.

On Sunday afternoon, a woman was sexually assaulted on a popular trail near the Lake City SkyTrain station. A Good Samaritan managed to scare off the suspect and the victim was transported to hospital for treatment.

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RCMP Staff Sgt. John Buis said police would like to talk to the Good Samaritan who broke up Sunday’s assault, saying “his evidence could prove to be vital” in finding the suspect. The Good Samaritan was described by the victim as a white man in his 50’s or 60’s, who appears to have been out for a walk or jog, because he was wearing athletic clothing.

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WATCH: Burnaby RCMP investigate another sex assault

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Burnaby RCMP investigate another sex assault

The suspect in Sunday’s attack is described as a white male who is 5’7”. He was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie pulled over his head at the time of the attack.

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The attack came one day after an assault on Holdom Avenue on Saturday night.

Three other assaults have taken place in Burnaby in recent weeks.

RCMP aren’t saying if they think all the attacks are connected to one suspect.

Buis says the attacks are similar in suspect description, but they are different in the amount of violence involved.

“I am very concerned,” says Buis. “I want to make sure that when people go out at night, particularly women, they go in groups or at least stay in well-lit areas.”

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Police have assembled a task force and are working with other police forces to see if the attacks are connected to other sex assaults in the Metro Vancouver area.

On Sunday night, a 16-year-old boy was arrested following two sexual assaults in the Oak Street area of Vancouver.

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