June 6, 2017 5:38 pm

Man claims woman needs “blessing” before sexually assaulting her: Toronto police

Toronto police said this man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

Handout / Toronto Police Service

Toronto police are seeking a male suspect who offered a “blessing” to a woman before allegedly sexually assaulting her inside her north-end apartment.

Police said the incident happened at a building in the Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West area before 5 p.m. on May 23.

A 37-year-old woman was in the elevator when a man entered from the ground floor. The man and woman engaged in a conversation, when the man reportedly said the woman needed a “blessing”.

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Police said the man followed the woman to her apartment and advised she “needed to be cleansed of her ex-husband.”

The man is accused of sexually assaulting the woman inside her apartment.

He’s described by police as about six feet tall with a long, brown beard, long, brown side curls, and glasses. He speaks both Hebrew and English. At the time, the man was wearing black shoes, black pants, a long black trench/dress coat with a white-collared shirt underneath, and a large brimmed hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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