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Man gropes woman in Kildonan Park while she was with her child, say police

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Winnipeg police said on Friday that they have arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with a sexual assault that occurred at Kildonan Park on May 17. – May 29, 2020

Winnipeg police have arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with a sexual assault at Kildonan Park on May 17.

The victim, a woman in her 30s, told police she was in the park with her child when a man sat down next to her, started a conversation, then groped her.

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The woman left immediately with her child and wasn’t physically injured. The child was under five years old, said Const. Rob Carver.

Police arrested a man who lives near the park on Thursday, and said a charge of sexual assault is pending.

His name is not being released until the charges are laid.

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“This was a strange situation, in a park, in broad daylight,” said Carver. “It’s an event that concerns the community, concerns community safety.”

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I personally was sort of stunned,” Carver added.

“Often it’s, it’s the victim is alone or somewhat isolated in an area of the park where there’s not a lot of people.

“For someone to so brazenly approach a mother with her young child and do that is, I think, it’s terrifying for myself as a member of the community, and as a father. I was shocked at that.”