Barrie police believe same person involved in two sexual assaults

Barrie Police are asking for the public’s assistance following two sexual assaults that were recently reported in the city’s east end.
On Wednesday, Jan. 2, at approximately 6:50 p.m., a female was walking on a pathway which is located at the north end of Cheltenham Road when she was sexually assaulted, police report. The second incident occurred on Monday, Jan. 7, at approximately 3:10 p.m. In this case, the victim was walking on a pathway on Dunsmore Lane, when she too was sexually assaulted.
The Barrie Police Service Crimes Against Persons Unit has been investigating these incidents and it is strongly believed that the same person is responsible for both of the sexual assaults. As a result of the ongoing investigation, detectives are attempting to locate an individual who is described as: 
• Male, South Asian approximately 20 years old, 5’8 to 5’10 with a large build. He has dark short hair and is unshaven.
The Barrie Police Service reminds the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times and when possible, refrain from entering secluded and poorly lit areas alone.
Anyone with information or who may have residential video surveillance is asked to contact Barrie Police Crimes Against Persons Unit at 705-725-7025, ext. 2931 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at