Third incident in three weeks where a man grabs a girl

For the third time in three weeks, a man has attempted to snatch a teenaged girl from a city street, police reported yesterday.

A 13-year-old girl was walking on Perry Street near Palsen Street in the Meadowlands Drive and Merivale Road area at 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday when a man grabbed her from behind and hooked his arm over her mouth and face.


The teen struggled and managed to break free and flee. The suspect ran away on Perry Street. The victim was uninjured.

The attack was similar to two other incidents in which a man grabbed teenaged girls and attempted to drag them off, though police said they’re not drawing a connection between the incidents because the suspects’ descriptions differ.

"It’s a very different description of the suspect," said Detective Steven Cashen. "I don’t think there’s a connection in any way. We wouldn’t say it’s a trend."

Still, police are asking people to remain vigilant when walking alone at night or in secluded areas.

"We’re asking people to keep an eye out for this guy," he said. "Hopefully with the description out there, they’ll be able to find this guy anyway."

The suspect is described as being in his mid-20s, of Middle-Eastern descent, 6-foot-2 with a medium build.

He spoke English with an accent and was wearing a black winter coat, black baggy pants, a black neck warmer and an olive green toque.

The incident was the third attempted abduction in recent weeks. On Feb. 18, a 15-year-old girl escaped after fighting off a man who grabbed her and tried to drag her to a waiting car at Amberwood Village in Stittsville.

On Feb. 13, a 14-year-old girl was attacked by a man while walking in a parking lot at Eagleson Road and Palomino Drive. A struggle ensued but the victim was also able to run away.

seeking a suspect

  • Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944, or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.

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