Three physical assaults on women reported in Burnaby and New Westminster

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      Amid a heightened increase in random physical and sexual assaults by strangers in Vancouver, a string of random assaults against women has been taking place in Metro Vancouver over the past week.

      Burnaby RCMP stated that around 1:40 p.m. on August 30, an unknown male suspect approached a 25-year-old woman and wrestled her to the ground near Edmonds Street and Canada Way in Burnaby.

      The victim didn’t sustain any serious injuries and did not know the suspect, who possibly followed the victim for a short distance.

      The suspect is described as being 173 centimetres (five-feet, eight-inches) tall and appears to be about 16 to 22 years old, with tanned skin and black wavy hair.

      At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black hoodie, light coloured jeans, and black running shoes.

      Two similar incidents were reported, and both involved female victims as well.

      One took place in the early hours (specific time not given) on September 1 in the Edmonds area of Burnaby. The victim wasn’t injured in this incident.

      The other occurred on August 28 near Elliot Street and Clarkson Street in New Westminster, which was reported to the New Westminster Police Department.

      Anyone who has information about these incidents is asked to call a special tip line at Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9522.

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