Nanaimo RCMP investigate related reports of unwanted sexual touching

Suspect grabbed the buttocks of two different women in 10-minute span on Bowen Road

Police in Nanaimo are investigating two incidents of women having their buttocks grabbed as they walked on Bowen Road.

According to a Nanaimo RCMP press release Tuesday, the women were touched by an unidentified man within a 10-minute time span at about 11:30 a.m. on May 27.

The first incident happened when a 21-year-old woman was crossing the intersection at Bowen Road and Dufferin Crescent and the second incident involved a mother, 32, pushing her baby in a stroller on Bowen Road near Island Diesel Way and a man walked by, grabbed her buttocks and then ran northbound along Bowen.

Both women were able to provide police with a description of their assailants. The suspect of the first incident was described as possibly indigenous or Spanish, about 5 -foot-6, with a slim build, short hair and brown eyes and wearing brown pants and light-coloured shirt. He was also carrying a black backpack with a diamond on it. The second description is also of a man with short black hair, possibly of indigenous or Spanish descent and wearing a white t-shirt, tan khaki pants and carrying a black backpack.

“The descriptions are similar enough to lead investigators to believe both incidents were carried out by the same individual,“ said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

The investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information on either of these two incidents is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.

For past coverage of unsolved crimes in Nanaimo, click here.



photos@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Semi-truck crashes on Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Drivers heading in or out of Tofino-Ucluelet Friday afternoon should expect delays

Tofino awards $2.4M contract to connect path to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

The district announced the project will be paid entirely with grants.

Divers encounter giant, weird-looking fish in Barkley Sound

Rendezvous Dive Adventures charter sees six-foot creature normally found in tropical water

Longtime owners sell popular convenience store in Ucluelet

“I’ve been here 24 years. I grew up next door. I’ll turn 55 this year. It’s time for a change.”

Long Beach Open golf tournament this weekend

72 players from all over Vancouver Island hit the links.

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Excavators help cute kid who copied their dig with his toys stay “safe at work”

Carson Carnegie wakes up at 7:00 am every morning to watch construction work on his street

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

B.C. daycare operator denies negligence in death of ‘Baby Mac’

Infant died in early 2017 after biting an electrical cord, according to a lawsuit filed by his mom

BC SPCA reopens animal cruelty investigation at Abbotsford pig farm

Additional alleged footage released from Excelsior Hog Farm sparks new investigation

RCMP on Vancouver Island seek information on alleged ‘breaking out’ bandit

Man alleged to have hid in Nanaimo business washroom ceiling overnight, took monitors

Donor upset no one noticed B.C. school’s sculpture had been missing for a year

Agassiz’s Fraser River Lodge owner baffled how theft went undetected

Purple fentanyl among items seized in B.C. drug bust

Youth being recruited as drivers for more-established drug dealers, police say

Most Read