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Groper still on the loose

Brent Reaney
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (June 23/04) - Yellowknife RCMP are still urging local residents to avoid walking alone after two females had their buttocks groped while walking on local trails earlier this month.

Police believe the incidents are related.

"We're working on some sketch composites, but only one of the two victims really got a glance at the perpetrator," said RCMP Detachment Commander Steve McVarnock.

The first woman was pushing a baby stroller on June 4 at about 5 p.m. on the Frame Lake Trail near Somba K'e Park when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks.

Then on June 6 at 2 p.m. the same thing happened to a woman walking on the trail behind Stanton Plaza.

The man then asked the woman if she wanted to go to a party, RCMP said in a news release.

The suspect has been described as aboriginal and of average build.

Both victims say he was riding a bike.

"It was very quick, given the fact that they were approached from behind and the man was on a bike," McVarnock said.

Police suggest that anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation should bring attention to themselves by yelling at the victim or for calling out for help.

Information regarding these incidents can be reported to the RCMP at 669-5200.