Vancouver police and North Vancouver RCMP issue separate warnings about sex attacker

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      Vancouver police investigators are seeking the public's assistance after a woman was attacked on the East Side early Friday (January 22) morning.

      A VPD news release says that shortly before 5 a.m., a 26-year-old woman was assaulted while getting into her parked car near the corner of Windermere Street and East 7th Avenue.

      "She was approached from behind by a man dressed in dark clothing who grabbed and punched her, and attempted to remove some of her clothing," the VPD states.

      After she started screaming, the man fled. Police are hoping to speak to anyone who saw "suspicious people or vehicles" in the neighbourhood over the previous couple of days.

      Mounties release a statement

      Meanwhile in North Vancouver, the RCMP has warned about a sex attacker in the bustling Central Lonsdale area.

      On January 11 around 6 p.m., a male groped a woman in the 1700 block of Lonsdale.

      A second incident occurred in the 100 block of East 15th Sreet near Lions Gate Hospital around 2 a.m. on January 19.

      "He grabbed her buttocks once," the RCMP state in a bulletin released last night. "In each case the male ran off after accosting the female."

      The suspect in North Vancouver wore a black hoodie in both cases.

      In one instance, he was described as a 6'0" white male in his 30s with medium build and dark hair.

      In the second, he was described as 5'8" and wearing light-coloured jeans, running shoes, and a hoodie with a logo on the back.

      "While police cannot confirm definitively that there is a link between these two assaults investigators acknowledge that both incidents took place in the same general area," the RCMP say. "In view of this the police feel it is appropriate to issue this public warning."