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Vancouver Teen Arrested After Late-Night Sex Assaults

03/07/2016 04:18 EST | Updated 03/08/2017 05:12 EST
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VANCOUVER — A 16-year-old is in custody in Vancouver following two late-night assaults on the city's west side.

Both attacks occurred Sunday night in the Fairview neighbourhood, just west of Vancouver General Hospital.

Sgt. Randy Fincham says a woman was walking her dog at around 10:15 p.m., when she was grabbed from behind by a stranger who ran off when the victim screamed.

The second attack, just 15 minutes later, was reported a few blocks to the southwest, when a woman was grabbed and groped by a stranger who also ran when she screamed.

Fincham says the 16-year-old male was arrested a short time later, although there's no word what led officers to him.

More information is expected to be released later.

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