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Penticton RCMP looking for help to find suspected groper

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August 26, 2016 - 5:04 PM

PENTICTON - RCMP are looking for the public’s help in identifying a possible suspect following two groping incidents in Penticton.

Police say the incidents of groping happened on July 29 and Aug. 24 in the area of Wiltse Boulevard in the city.

The July 29 incident occurred around 9 a.m. when a woman was walking with her baby stroller along Wiltse Blvd. near the school. A young man on a mountain bike came up to her, patted heir on the behind and asked for a kiss then asked for a high five. He then groped her chest prior to riding off.

RCMP describe the suspect as a South Asian male between 15- and 17-years-old.

The Aug. 24 incident occurred around 8 a.m. when a woman walking her son in a stroller was accosted by a man who stopped in front of her to tie his shoe. He said hello, let her pass, then pulled her from behind and kissed her before running off.

The description of the suspect matches the one from the July 29 incident.

Staff Sgt. Kurt Lozinski says RCMP are concerned about the similar pattern and behaviour of the incidents.

“We hope someone in the neighbourhood can provide us with this young person’s identity in order to stop any further incidents,” he said.

Police are asking the public to call 911 should they experience a similar incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Penticton RCMP, Cpl. Dave Smith at 250-492-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-22-8477.

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