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Vancouver police search for suspect in two sex assaults near Main and 41st Avenue

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VPD ask for public help to identify sex assault suspect – Oct 23, 2020

Vancouver police are investigating a pair of sexual assaults in the area of Main Street and East 41st Avenue.

On Oct. 16, a man approached a woman from behind and groped her before running away, police said. A similar incident occurred three days later.

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In each case, the victim was able to get to a safe place and call police.

They were not physically hurt but are dealing with emotional and mental distress, police said.

The suspect is described as five-foot-five to five-foot-seven with an average build.

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In one case, he was wearing a black hat, grey hooded sweatshirt, black shoes with white soles, and a medical mask. He was also carrying an umbrella.

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In the other incident, the suspect was wearing a royal blue Umbro jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 604-717-0604 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

— With files from Gord Macdonald

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