VANCOUVER — The University of B.C. has put security guards at all residential compounds after police announced Tuesday the number of campus attacks on women believed to be perpetrated by the same man has doubled to six.
The latest attack happened Sunday as a student walked alone around 1:30 a.m. and noticed a shadow behind her, police said. She was grabbed, but flailed her arms and the attacker fled.
Sgt. Peter Thiessen said the suspect in all six cases is described as caucasian and possibly tanned. His age ranges from mid to late 20s to early 30s. The suspect has a thin build and stands about 5-foot-8 to 6-foot-2. He has short, dark hair, a “broad” forehead and possesses a round chin and face with a straight nose.
The detailed description was released after police said two women were grabbed from behind on April 19 and May 19.
Louise Cowin, a UBC vice-president, said the campus is launching a “RezWalk” escort program.
Police didn’t release further details about Sunday’s case. However, according to police, there are some similar patterns in the five previous cases: they were all wearing skirts, and they were all approached from behind.
One pattern among stalker-type offenders is they generally pick out features of targets that appeal to them, said Dr. Bill Coleman, an ex-Canada Correctional Service psychologist who has also worked with sex offenders in the B.C. Ministry of Health.
“It can be young, it can be tall, it can be blond — something that piques the interest of the offender,” he said.