June 10, 2013 - 10:58 AM
Police still have no description of the man who attacked a young girl in West Kelowna on Saturday
UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. June 10
A unidentified male suspect who sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in her Glenrosa neighborhood is still at large. Police say they do not have a description of the suspect at this time, but it is still early in the investgation.
Nor do police have a description of the suspect in a brutal attack and sexual assault of another young woman on the Mission Creek Greenway last Monday.
RCMP constable Kris Clark says it's unusual to see two such attacks in one week.
"Right now they're unrelated," he says.
"But it's always possible a series of sexual assaults could be linked in some way, especially this close together."
Police say they tend to receive reports of sex assaults between individuals who know each other.
"In the vast majority of sexual assaults the suspect is known to the victim," Clark says, typically the suspect is a family member or friend of the family.
Clark says it's quite rare to receive reports of incidents like the Greenway assault, "where it's an unkown person and violence is used to subdue the victim."
Violent sexual assault are typically reported once every two years, Clark says.
"The only one that comes to mind was the Okanagan Sun football player that executed a series of sex assaults in 2007," otherwise known to police as the 'Rutland Rapist'.
3:00 p.m. June 9
WEST KELOWNA - A 17 year old West Kelowna teenager was sexually assaulted in her Glenrosa neighbourhood early Saturday morning.
West Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Bob Courcelles said the girl was attacked at around 1:40 a.m. while walking alone on a trail in the McTaggert and Gorman Roads area. That's in-between Glenrosa Middle School and Glenrosa Elementary.
"The victim managed to fend of her attacker while she was being sexually assaulted and call police," according to Cpl. Courcelles. He wouldn't reveal the nature of sex assault but does say the girl wasn't physically hurt. No rape kit was done.
The RCMP brought in a police dog to search for the suspect. But the search didn't turn up anything that could help with the investigation.
This is the second sexual assault in the Central Okanagan in the last week, although Courcelles said it's too early in the investigation to say whether or not they're connected.
A young woman was sent to the hospital on Monday night after a vicious attack along the Mission Creek Greenway. Police said she was hit over the head by a man, dragged off the trail and sexually assaulted in the bushes.
Kelowna RCMP are urging trail users to walk and bike with a friend and to avoid isolated areas along the trails. If you decide to walk alone be sure to be aware of your surroundings.
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