Possible person of interest in latest UBC sex assault is a known sex predator

Person of interest identified in UBC sex assaults
WATCH: It is believed a known sexual predator may be responsible for an escalation of violence against women on UBC’s campus. Tanya Beja explains what we know about the suspect and why some accuse UBC of being slow to act.

For those living on the University of British Columbia campus, word over the weekend of a sexual assault has left many living in fear.

No one is in custody, but Global News has learned there may be a person of interest.

A man sexually assaulted a student while she was walking on campus Friday night. A prowler also entered residences four times last week and broke into at least one room.

Police say these incidents are not linked to the string of sexual assaults on campus back in 2013.

Now, investigators say the possible person of interest is not a student, but is a known sexual predator.

“There are papers on the wall saying don’t let strangers in, but apparently it’s not doing any job,” said tutor Houman Noorbaksh, who lives on campus.

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“It’s very scary to think that just anyone can get in.”

Students are being asked to keep their doors locked while officials search for the suspect.

WATCH: As UBC RCMP investigates the violent sexual assault of a female student, the university says more security measures will soon be in place, including more cameras. But as Tanya Beja reports, those measures were already supposed to be in place.
UBC says security measures will be added following sex assault
UBC says security measures will be added following sex assault

The suspect is described as 5’10”, “darker skinned” and in his mid-to-late 20s with a slender build. He was seen wearing dark clothing, possibly with a dark hoodie, and smelled of tobacco.

Anyone with information that could help police with their investigation is asked to call UBC RCMP at 604-224-1322 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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-With files from Justin McElroy