Investigators are appealing to the public to help identify a suspect in a series of sexual assaults since October that have escalated in their violence.
"We are very concerned about the escalating nature of these events," said Sex Crimes Insp. Domenic Sinopoli, of the sexual assaults that have become more frequent and more violent. "We are appealing to the community, and business in the areas, for information and/or any video that they think may be of some assistance."
He said anyone who recognizes the suspect, even without knowing a name is asking to call investigators.
"Anyone who may have had contact with this individual is asked to contact us, regardless of the nature of the contact," Sinopoli said.
- Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at approximately 8:50 p.m. a 22-year-old woman was walking in the area of Cook Road and Sentinel Road when she was approached and grabbed from behind by a male. The male sexually assaulted the victim. She was able to break free from the male and fled the area.
- Wednesday December 19, 2018, at approximately 9:30 p.m. a 22-year-old woman was walking along a path on the north side of Finch Avenue West and into Fountainhead Park. She was approached from behind by a male who grabbed her and held a knife to her throat. The male threatened the woman and sexually assaulted her. The suspect also took the victim’s phone and ear buds. She was able to break free and ran to get help.
- Thursday, December 20, 2018 at approximately 9:10 p.m. a 30-year-old woman was walking home from Finch West Subway Station when she was violently attacked by an unknown male near 23 Four Winds Drive. The woman was knocked unconscious by the male. When she regained consciousness, the male forced her onto a secluded pathway within the complex and sexually assaulted her. She was able to flee from the suspect.
- Thursday, December 20, 2018, approximately 9:25 p.m. a 20-year-old woman was in the area of 31 Four Winds Drive. The victim observed a male loitering in the area at that time. The woman was followed by the male. The male approached her and threatened her with a knife and made a demand for her property. The male stole the woman's cell phone and sexually assaulted her. The suspect then fled the area.
Robbery reported to police:
- Monday, December 10, 2018. A woman was sitting on a park bench just east of the tennis courts at 455 Sentinel Road, using her phone, when a male approached her and engaged her in conversation. The male left but then approached the woman again, but from the rear. He grabbed her and a short struggle ensued he was able to take her purse.
Investigators are encouraging any residents or business owners in the area at the time of these incidents with security cameras to preserve the video and contact the Sex Crimes Unit.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sex Crimes Unit at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).