Const. Wendy Drummond told CBC News on Friday that police learned of the assaults from women who came forward after investigators warned the public about a string of assaults in August.
Drummond gave the following details about the newly reported assaults:
- An Aug. 16 assault involving a 19-year-old woman occurred near Bloor and Crawford streets.
- An Aug. 24 assault involving a 24-year-old woman also occurred near Bloor and Crawford streets.
- An Aug. 28 assault involving a 26-year-old woman occurred near Bloor and Grace streets.
In all three cases, the victim was approached from behind and sexually assaulted.
Police have since learned of a fourth previously unreported assault on Aug. 23, in which a 27-year-old woman was walking along Christie Street when a man walked past her, turned around and sexually assaulted her from behind.
Drummond confirmed that this case was linked to the others reported in the area.
Prior to Friday, police had reported four similar attacks in the Bloor and Christie area that occurred between Aug. 19 and Aug 29.
Drummond said that throughout these cases, the physical description of the suspect has remained consistent: a black male with a heavy build, who is reported to be five-foot-10 to six feet tall.
"The clothing description is different, but the physical description remains consistent," Drummond said.
Police have also been looking at possible links between these attacks and two others that occurred in July in an area closer to Spadina Avenue and College Street.
As in the Bloor and Christie cases, each of the victims was approached from behind and sexually assaulted.