The Moose Jaw Police Service is investigating two reports of sexual assault that allegedly occurred within the past few months and is looking at whether the incidents are connected.
The police service received a report on June 25 that a woman was jogging near 12th Avenue and Lillooet Street West on June 21 when a male on a bicycle approached her and sexually assaulted her, according to a news release. The woman resisted and the attacker fled the area.
The woman described the male as a Caucasian, between five-feet-11 inches and six feet tall, and wearing a black bunnyhug with a black backpack.
Police received a second report on July 27 from a woman who had been jogging in the evening in late April or early May. The woman said that a male approached on foot and sexually assaulted her in the Sunningdale area near Thatcher Drive. The attacker was described as Caucasian, five-feet-nine inches to six feet tall and wearing a dark-coloured bunnyhug with black pants.
The Moose Jaw Police Service is actively investigating both incidents, including whether the two incidents are related. The agency is also asking for the public’s assistance to identify witnesses to either of these incidents.
“Also, if anyone has experienced a similar incident and has not reported it to police, we would strongly urge you to do so as it may provide information that could identify one or both of these suspects,” a statement added.
Based on these incidents, the police service suggests that residents who enjoy walking, jogging, running, or biking at night take precautions. Such precautions include staying in well-lit and visible areas, going with a friend, bringing a phone, and knowing the device’s safety features, not wearing headphones and varying the route.