Police seek help in finding sexual predator
Longeuil Police investigators will be setting up a command post at the bus terminal on Panama near Tashereau between 5 and 8 this evening, as they expand their inquiry into a sexual predator who may be responsible for as many as ten cases of various forms of sexual harassment and assault that go back three years.
The latest case happened Saturday, December 8th at around 7:30 in the evening.
An 18 year old woman who just gotten off a bus was attacked by a man armed with a knife as she made her way along the nearby bike path near Rome and Milan.
Longeuil police officer Marc David describes the suspect as a 30-year old male, about 6 feet tall, weighing 170 pounds with brown hair who speaks both English and French.
They say the goal of the command post is to warn the community that the predator they believe hasn't offended in two years is back, and dangerous.
"So while we have the command post set up this evening," said David. "We can meet with the people, just to say 'hey look, something is going on, the suspect is still out there."
David adds the man has not been arrested and it's important for people to be aware of their surroundings.
This includes not to be engrossed in their phone conversations.
"They don't know what's going on around them," said David. "So what can happen if they don't know there is a suspect behind them."
He said he has even seen young kids get hit by trucks because the piedestrians were not paying attention to their surroundings while on the phone.
"Avoid dark areas," he also warned.
With files from CJAD's Andrew Peplowski