Police say the public needn’t fear as they investigate two separate sexual assaults.
In one case, a woman was reportedly attacked in a downtown alley. In the second, a woman was assaulted in her own home.
Brandon Police Service Staff Sgt. Marc Alain says police believe the women weren’t randomly attacked.
“It’s not a predator type of incident,” Alain said. “There’s possibility, yes, that the victim and suspect know each other ... in both cases.
“It does not appear that the public has to worry that somebody’s out there stalking people.”
The first assault was reported to police around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.
A 53-year-old woman said she was sexually assaulted in an alley behind a downtown hotel along Pacific Avenue.
Police wouldn’t specify which of the two hotels along Pacific Avenue — the Crystal or City Centre hotel — citing the force’s general policy not to name businesses in media releases.
Officers did not find the woman where the assault reportedly happened. Alain said police found her on the 800-block of Princess Avenue when called there.
Alain said there’s not a lot of information to release at this point. The woman was intoxicated at the time officers first spoke to her and they couldn’t get many details.
However, Alain said, the woman did identify a possible suspect.
No arrests have been made and the matter is being investigated.
Police also continue to investigate another case, which was reported to them by hospital staff around 5:40 p.m. on Sunday.
A 20-year-old woman who’d gone to the hospital reported that she’d been sexually assaulted in her east-end residence earlier that day, between
2 a.m and 3 a.m.
Alain said it’s not believed this assault was random, as there was no break-in to the home.
No arrest has been made in this case, either.
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