New insight into series of UBC sex attacks 0
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Three women targeted by an assailant at the University of B.C. campus were returning home after socializing and were wearing skirts when they were attacked, police said.
The three incidents all happened after midnight and the victims screamed and fought off the attacker. He is described as about 6-foot-2 and wearing a dark hoodie in his late 20s to early 30s.
On Monday, RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger said the attacks had taken place all over the campus. The first, in September, occurred on Biological Sciences Road, in the centre of the campus.
The second happened as a woman was about to enter her Fairview Crescent home when she was attacked by a man who police said had been hiding under a stairwell.
The third occurred this past weekend on West Mall when the suspect tried to drag a 17-year-old into the woods.
Grainger said the investigation has now been given to the B.C. RCMP’s major crime section. Typically, he said, sex assaults are reported at UBC about once a month.
“This one seems to be a series. There are some striking similarities,” he said, adding that it’s unusual as these were stranger attacks, as opposed to the many acquaintance-attacks that get reported.
One woman wrote in the Ubyssey campus newspaper she was the “second” victim.
“Call me naïve, but I actually waved (to the attacker) and was about to wish him a goodnight — I thought he was a neighbour I’d yet to meet, or a student waiting to get inside,” she wrote.
“It never occurred to me that he intended to harm me.”
A fourth attack reported by the paper this weekend was unconfirmed by police.
(The words 'police said' have been added to the first line to clarify the information from the incidents and the victim and suspect descriptions are all from University RCMP. Updated to correct typo in spelling of Ubyssey paper.)