Police charge Barrie man in connection with sexual assault

UPDATE

Charges have been laid in relation to a sexual assault which took place in Barrie, Nov. 9.
On that date, just before 3 p.m., police responded to a report of a sexual assault which occurred in a wooded area between Red Oak Drive and Farmstead Crescent. Police immediately responded to the area and a female victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries, police report.
Following the release of the composite sketch, a second incident was reported to police. This incident occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 2, between 2:30 and 3 p.m., in the area of Ardagh Road and Eaglestone Lane. The victim did not sustain any physical injuries.
Through further investigation, it had been determined that the same male had been responsible for both assaults, police report. On Thursday, Nov.  29, detectives from the Crimes Against Person Unit arrested and charged a 39-year-old Barrie man. He has been charged with Sexual Interference, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Assault Causing Bodily Harm.
The accused appeared in a Barrie Court of Justice for a bail hearing last Friday morning and has been remanded into custody. The investigation conducted by the Crimes Against Person Unit utilized numerous resources within the Barrie Police Service. Investigators would like to thank the public and local media for their assistance.
A court-imposed publication ban has been implemented and no further information can be released at this time, police report.


UPDATE

Police have released this sketch of suspect wanted in assault investigation

The investigation into a serious assault that was reported to the Barrie Police on Friday, Nov. 9, just before 3 p.m., remains ongoing and police can now confirm that assault was sexual in nature.
Police have also established a dedicated tip line and anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-0501.
A composite sketch of the suspect who is believed to have carried out this violent attack has been released and investigators are hopeful the release of this sketch will assist in the identification and arrest of the person responsible.
The Barrie Police Service again 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. Further details and updates will only be provided as the investigation permits.


Barrie police are seeking a suspect following what they say was a “serious assault” Friday afternoon that left a woman hospitalized.
Just after 3 p.m. on Friday, police say they responded to a report of a serious assault that occurred northeast of a local secondary school in a wooded area between Red Oak Drive and Farmstead Crescent. Uniform officers immediately responded to the area where a female victim was located and taken to a local hospital for what are described as serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation has utilized resources from within the Barrie Police Service, including the Tactical Support Unit, Canine Unit, Forensic Identification Unit, Community Response Unit, Investigative Services and the Crimes Against Person Unit. A thorough search of the area where the assault is believed to have taken place has been conducted, however at present, the person responsible remains outstanding.
Detectives, police continue, have determined that the person who is believed to be responsible for this assault is described as a white male, about 40 years old, thin hollow face with a medium build and a beard. He may have been wearing a blue or black with white plaid shirt, either dark blue or black coloured cargo pants and a blue beanie style hat.
Anyone with information to the assault is asked to contact Detective Constable Thisdelle at 705-725-7025, ext. 2935, by email at vthisdelle@barriepolice.ca,  by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.
Further details and updates will only be provided as the investigation permits. 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.

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