01/10/2014 16:56 EST | Updated 03/12/2014 05:59 EDT

Suspect sought after 2 girls sexually assaulted in Delta

Delta Police say two female grade 8 students were walking to school in the Sunshine Hills area of North Delta around 8 a.m. PT this morning when a man approached them from behind as they entered a footpath.

Police say the man sexually assaulted one of the girls. A short time later police believe the same person sexually assaulted a female Grade 9 student as he was leaving the area.

The man is  described as white, in his 40s, with long blond hair and a scruffy blond beard.  Police say he was wearing a black leather jacket, jeans, and a black and white toque with a hint of red. 

Delta Police have called a news conference and further details are expected.