Kamloops RCMP look for suspects, witnesses in sex assault investigations following two separate daytime sexual assault reports

Kamloops, BC – Police are warning the public and asking for assistance, following two separate daytime sexual assault reports received in Kamloops this week.

The Kamloops RCMP Detachment is investigating the assaults, the first which occurred on Nov. 22, 2021 in Sahali; the second reported yesterday, Nov. 25, in Aberdeen. It’s unknown at this time if they are connected.

In both cases, the young women were approached from behind and sexually assaulted at a time of day when the community is generally quite busy, said Constable Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson. As part of the investigations, we are turning to the public to help identify a suspect or suspects in what are very concerning assaults.

On Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 at approximately 5:35 p.m., Kamloops RCMP frontline officers attended the 2000-block of Dunrobin Place for calls involving a woman screaming. The woman reported she had been walking up the stairs between Aberdeen Drive and Dunrobin Drive when she was approached from behind and sexually assaulted. The Police Dog Service Unit attended and searched the area, but no suspect was located.

The Aberdeen suspect is described as:

male age 25-30

tanned complexion

5’8 to 5’10

hair to below the ears

dark beanie

unknown red coloured item around his neck area

Sexual Assault - File Photo
Sexual Assault – File Photo

If you saw or have any surveillance footage of a suspicious person in the area, particularly between 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. along Van Horne Drive or Aberdeen Drive, please connect with police as soon as possible, added Cst. Evelyn.

Earlier in the week, police were contacted regarding a sexual assault which occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, at Summit and Notre Dame Drive. The victim, a youth, reported she was standing with her back to a fence when she was sexually assaulted from behind. The suspect was last seen heading toward Columbia Square on Notre Dame Drive.

Fortunately, neither victim was physically injured as a result of the assaults, but these attacks can come with considerable emotional trauma, added Cst. Evelyn.

The Sahali suspect is described as a male wearing:

blue toque with ear flaps

mask

blue jeans and a blue jacket

Anyone with information, dash cam footage, or surveillance related to the Sahali investigation is asked to please contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2021-40809. For the Aberdeen assault, please reference file number 2021-41183.

File # 2021-41183

Kamloops RCMP

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