Nanaimo police seek information on second sexual assault

Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a second sexual assault of a teenage girl along the railway tracks near Kennedy and Farquar streets.

According to police, the female victim said she was walking along the tracks behind the Islamic Cultural Centre at about 4:40 p.m. Friday when a man approached her from behind, pulled her pants down and ran off south along the tracks toward Hecate Street.

The victim was not physically injured and is being supported by her family. Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services have been contacted and will also be offering support to the girl.

It's the second sexual assault in that area. In early December of last year, a 15-year-old girl was thrown to the ground by a male attacker, who was scared off when passersby heard the girl's shouts. Given the location and similarity in description of the suspect, investigators believe both occurrences may have been carried out by the same individual.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, five-foot-ten, with a reddish beard, like a goatee. He has a slim to skinny build, estimate at approximately 160 pounds. The suspect was wearing a green, knitted toque pulled down to his eyebrows, tan or brown jeans and a grey sweater over a shirt.

If you have any information on this crime or on the incident in December, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637 with keyword Nanaimo, or submit your tip online at

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