A sexual assault that took place in Collingwood on New Year’s Day is being connected to a similar incident that happened in Toronto over a year ago.
On January 1st, police were called to Birch Street and Second Street where a woman told officers she was walking in the area when she was pulled into a vehicle and assaulted. The OPP now believe the same suspect was responsible for an incident in Toronto in July 2015, when a woman was walking in the York neighbourhood and was dragged into a laneway and assaulted. A joint investigation has been launched between the OPP and Toronto Police.
The police have also released the suspect’s description. In both cases, the suspect is described as a man in his late 20s to early 30s, with brown coloured skin, an average build, a thin beard and about 5’6”. And in the Collingwood case, the suspect was driving a 2005 to 2010 four-door silver or tan sedan with black steel wheels.
Police are asking anyone with information to get in touch.