Barrie police release composite drawing of man wanted in series of reported abduction attempts

Barrie police continue to investigate reports of three apparent abduction attempts which occurred in November.
Based on witness descriptions, police have constructed a composite drawing of a suspect. Because of the similarities of the attempts and descriptions, the Criminal Investigations Division has assigned a team of investigators to the case, including a crime analyst and a representative with the Provincial VICLAS unit.

Composite drawing in three reported assaults on women in November

On Nov. 7, around 6 p.m., a Barrie woman, 24, was riding her bike on a pathway between Gallie Court and Dunsmore Lane. Police report that she was pushed from her bicycle by a male who, she believes, was hiding in bushes along the pathway. The woman, police report, was struck on her shoulder, and she defended herself, at which point the suspect fled into a nearby forested area.
On Nov. 20, around 8 p.m., a 36-year-old woman was walking along Coulter Street when she was approached by an unknown male who, police report, “wrapped his arm around the female’s body and attempted to pull her into the wooded area beside Coulter Street.” She was able to free herself from the man and ran from the area.
On Nov. 27, at 11 p.m., a woman, 20, was approached by a man while she was walking along Hickling Trail. The man reportedly placed one of his hands over the victim’s mouth, grabbing her waist with the other hand. Police report that the suspect attempted to pull the woman towards a parked car, but she was able to struggle free. The suspect fled.
Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation is asked to call Detective McLeod at 705-725-7025, ext: 2931, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. A tip can be submitted online via Crime Stoppers at www.tipsubmit.com.

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