Halton Police Appealing to the Public to help Identify Suspect in Oakville Assaults

Halton Police Appealing to the Public to help Identify Suspect in Oakville Assaults
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Chantal Corner

Chantal Corner

Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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On Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at approximately 9:00pm, a female was walking on the sidewalk on the north side of the Sheridan College campus at 1430 Trafalgar Road in the Town of Oakville.

A lone male suspect approached the victim from behind and grabbed her backpack. The victim screamed and struck the suspect with her backpack causing the suspect to run off southbound on Trafalgar Road.

The description of the suspect is similar to the recent sexual assault that occurred on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 in the same area.

Suspect description:

  • Male
  • Tall
  • Medium build
  • Wearing a dark coloured jacket with a hood
  • The rim of the hood is lined with a light coloured material and/or fur
  • Wearing a dark coloured winter ski mask covering his face
  • In addition, there is a strong possibility the suspect may have suffered an injury consistent with a bite mark on one of his hands as a result of the sexual assault incident on Tuesday.

Investigators believe the recent assaults are connected and also believe the 3 incidents from August and October 2013 are also related.

The Halton Regional Police are appealing to the public to be vigilant and “If You See Something, Say Something!”

Investigators have been receiving tips and we encourage the public to contact the police immediately upon observing the suspicious behaviour as opposed to waiting.

The suspect appears to be using the trail system around Sheridan College. If you see someone lurking, acting suspicious, or running and matching the description above, please contact the Halton Regional Police immediately.

SAFETY TIPS:

The public and students traveling in this area are encouraged to make their personal safety their number one priority.

  • Inform others when and where you are going and check in with them when you reach your destination.
  • Walk in groups as opposed to alone.
  • Walk with a purpose. Be alert and attentive of your surroundings at all times.
  • Be careful where you walk. Avoid lonely or unlit streets and shortcuts through parks and/or vacant lots. Walk on the curb side, away from alleys and doorways.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street, go to the nearest house or store and call the police. Scream if necessary.
  • When taking public transit alone, avoid waiting or getting off at isolated stations/stops. Arrange for a family member or friend to escort you to and from the station.

Sheridan College staff, the Town of Oakville and the Halton Regional Police are working closely and collaboratively to resolve this matter.

The public is welcome to attend a Town Hall meeting scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, February 11th, 2014. Time and location to be determined. This meeting will be an opportunity to stakeholders to address the students and community, discuss safety plans and tips and further discuss strategies in getting important information out in a timely manner by way of social media etc.

If you want to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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