Attacks occurred on the same day that a woman was allegedly “pantsed” while walking at UBC.
Three women were sexually assaulted in different incidents in Metrotown on April 1, Burnaby RCMP say.
In a statement, spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj said the first alleged attack occurred at around 1 pm inside the Metrotown Superstore on Thursday, Mar. 31, in which the victim’s buttocks were slapped.
“The first victim was inside when she was slapped on the buttocks by an unknown male who fled the area,” Kalani said.
“The incident was reported to police and RCMP were actively investigating when RCMP received two additional reports of similar assaults on women in the Metrotown area. The second and third incidents happened around 9 am on Friday, April 1.”
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in their late twenties to early thirties, wearing a red V-neck “Canada” top with a Maple Leaf logo and a black hoodie or jacket with gray sleeves and dark stripes down each arm
“Work is underway to confirm whether these incidents are linked. We want the public to be aware that these sexual assaults have occurred,” Kalani said.
“Information about the suspect has also been distributed to policing agencies across BC as we work to identify a suspect.”
All three assaults happened inside businesses.
Meanwhile the UBC RCMP is investigating after a complaint from the friend of a woman who said her pants were taken down on April 1 while she was at an intersection and the alleged attacker then photographed her.