Victims live in fear of neighbour who assaulted them

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Dean Pritchard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Two local residents targeted by the same man in separate random attacks told court they live in fear knowing he continues to live in the same neighbourhood.

Grant Richter, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and was sentenced Wednesday to seven months' house arrest.

"I don't want to see you in my neighbourhood, but I know that you live (nearby)," said a 36-year-old woman Richter accosted as she went for a night-time jog on July 9, 2013.

"You stole from me the ability to feel safe on the sidewalk beside my house," the woman told court. "I don't want to see you on my street and I definitely don't want to see you when I am running."

The woman told police she was jogging around 10 p.m. when a man grabbed her from behind and tried to pull her pants down. The woman said she yelled at the man and ran after him for a number of blocks before abandoning the chase.

Richter wasn't identified as a suspect until after a second victim, a 14-year-old girl, was assaulted Aug. 11. Court heard the victim was walking in an area behind the casino when Richter blocked her path and attempted to grab her by the waist and shoulder. The girl fell to the ground as Richter continued to grab at her. The girl kicked at Richter and he ran away.

Police tracked Richter down after security video showed him exiting a car parked near the casino. Police were able to identify the vehicle's licence plate number, identified Richter as the owner, and arrested him at his home.

"I feel it is extremely unfair that he lives so close to where I live," the now 15-year-old victim wrote in a victim impact statement read out in court. "I feel I shouldn't have to see him on my street or anywhere near me."


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