VANCOUVER Police are warning women to be cautious following three attacks in Vancouver’s South Granville, Oak and Cambie neighbourhoods.
The first incident occurred on the morning of April 20, when an elderly Asian woman was walking in the area of Oak Street and West 55th Avenue. She was approached from behind and groped. When the man walked away, the woman continued on her way home. The man then appeared a second time and touched her inappropriately once again. When the woman screamed, he casually walked off.
The second incident took place on the morning of June 17. An elderly Asian woman was walking her dog near West 30th Avenue and Granville Street when a man approached her from behind and struck her violently between the legs.
The third and most recent incident took place on the morning of Friday, October 3. A middle-aged Asian woman was walking in the area on West 64th Avenue between Granville and Oak Street when she was approached from behind and groped. The man walked away, and the woman followed him. She confronted her attacker, who then punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground, before walking away. She was taken to hospital for treatment of minor physical injuries.
None of the three women knew their attacker and they have all suffered significant emotional distress in the attacks.
The man was white, 35 to 40 years old, 5’10” tall, with a medium build, wearing dark clothing.
All three incidents were reported to police and are being investigated by the Vancouver Police Sex Crimes Unit. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at (604) 717-2602 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.