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Police investigate a trio of sexual assaults near the University of York

Police are investigating a trio of sexual assaults that have occurred very close to each other in the last month near York University.

On December 19, a 22-year-old woman was walking along a path near Fountainhead Park in the Finch Avenue West and Sentinel Road area around 9:30 p.m. when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown man who took a knife to her throat and sexually assaulted her.

Police say the woman managed to break free and ran for help.

Two other similar incidents were also reported to the police, the first on October 24 in the Murray Ross Parkway and Sentinel Road area and the second on October 31 in the Cook Road and Sentinel Road area. In each case, unknown women were approached from behind by an unknown man and sexually assaulted.

The police believe that the suspect in the case could be the same person. He is described as black, in his first 20 years, between five feet nine and five feet and 11 with a thin build and short black hair.

One of the women said that her attacker was wearing a loose dark gray to her eyes, a light colored shirt, a dark bomber jacket and tight dark pants. Another said that her assailant wore a bulky hood or jacket, glasses and mostly dark clothing.

The police are asking someone with information to come forward or contact Crime Stoppers.

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