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Moose Jaw, Sask. sees a rise in sexual assaults

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WATCH ABOVE: Since June of 2018, Moose Jaw police have received three separate sexual assault reports, all similar and occurring within a year. Cami Kepke reports – Aug 16, 2018

The Moose Jaw Police Service is seeking the public’s help in regards to an increase of sexual assaults in the city.

Since June, Moose Jaw police have received three separate sexual assault reports, all similar and occurring within a year.

The first report came in June, the second and third incidents were reported this past weekend. However, the third report occurred in August of 2017.

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While there is no conclusive evidence to say one person could be behind this, police say the circumstances surrounding the alleged attacks are setting off warning bells.

Each incident involved a female being approached by a man in a vehicle while walking alone, and accepting a ride.

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All females involved are between 17 and 30-years-old with the incidents occurring somewhere in between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. near the downtown area.

Police are circulating the story in case others have been approached with a similar offer.

“We’re hoping that’s not the case, but at the same time, (there are) lots of people who are victims of crimes that don’t come forward,” Sgt. Kevin Pilsworth said. “It’s really important to record it for their sake as well as the safety of the general community.”

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The suspect, or suspects, are described as Caucasian, 30-50-years-old, having brown hair, six-feet tall with an average build.

Police are continuing to work with witnesses to comprise a more accurate description of the suspect and vehicle.

The Moose Jaw Police Service is reminding the public to not accept rides from people they don’t know and to walk in groups late at night, if possible.

If anyone has information regarding these incidents, police are asking you to contact them at 306-694-7600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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