Whistler RCMP are investigating two attempted sexual assaults in the Village area last week that may have been committed by the same suspect.
However, Sgt. Rob Knapton said it is too early in the investigation to say the suspect in both incidents is the same attacker.
“We have had one of our sketch artists come and work with both (victims),” he added.
RCMP issued a press release to media on Thursday (Oct. 18) indicated the first attempted sexual assault occurred shortly after 2 a.m. that day.
The second report of an attempted sexual assault was subsequently made to RCMP that occurred on Friday (Oct. 19) between 1:40 and 2 a.m. at the Village Square.
“Since our media release from last week we have become aware of another incident with similar fact patterns that we are investigating, said Knapton. "In this incident a female was approached by an intoxicated male, who instructed the victim to come with him."
Knapton said the male in the second incident grabbed the female and tried to pull her away, but only succeeded in pulling off her toque. The victim, a 35-year-old Whistler resident, was able to flee the scene and contact police.
The suspect was described as a East Indian male believed to be in his early 40s wearing a dark leather jacket, slacks, with green socks and patent leather loafers with a square toe, he said.
The first incident on Oct. 18 involved a 20-year-old Australian woman living Whistler who was walking home from a local nightclub. While on a short path in the area of Whistler Way and Village Gate, RCMP said she encountered a male who grabbed her and pulled her into a ditch.
While in the ditch, said the police, the male attempted to sexually assault the female, however she was able to fight back and escape from the scene.
Officers arrived on the scene and seized several pieces of evidence with the assistance of a police dog, but are still looking for the suspect.
The suspect in the first incident is described as an East Indian male, approximately six-feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a khaki-coloured jacket, possibly a hoodie and may have some scratches and bruises from when the victim fought back.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).
Attempted assault reported from February
Knapton said after the reports of the two attempted sexual assaults at the end of last week another person has come forward to report a similar incident from February.
He said the victim was exiting a nightclub when she was approached by an East Indian male who said he was a cab driver and her friends were in his cab nearby.
The victim went with the man, who took her into an alley way and attempted to kiss her and touch her according to RCMP.
“She was able to get away and get back to her friends,” Knapton said.
Creekside vehicles broken into
Multiple vehicles were broken into in the Creekside area overnight Thursday and reported to RCMP on Friday.
Knapton said three vehicles in an underground parkade at 2300 Dave Murray Place had their windows smashed, while a door accessing the parkade was also damaged.
Within the parkade a bike storage room was accessed at the same time and a Giant mountain bike stolen.
A vehicle on 3100 Moritz Crescent was broken into and the ignition damaged, while two vehicles in the 2000 block of Squaw Valley Crescent and one on the 2000 block of Watson Way were also broken into and had the ignition damaged.
A vehicle was stolen from the 2400 block of Cheakamus Way as well and found by police in West Vancouver on Sunday (Oct. 21).