10/12/2014 12:10 EDT | Updated 12/12/2014 05:59 EST

Police probe 2 possibly related downtown sexual assaults

Toronto police are investigating two possibly related sexual assaults that took place about one hour apart in the downtown core Saturday evening.

The first attack occurred at around 5:42 p.m. as a female victim was entering St. Patrick’s subway station on University Avenue. Police said an unknown male suspect approached the victim from behind and sexually assaulted her.

The second happened about an hour later at 6:40 p.m. in the area of 1 Blue Jays Way. Police said that a 22-year-old woman passed by the suspect on a flight of stairs before continuing southbound on Rees Street. Moments later, she was “violently attacked from behind and sexually assaulted.”

The victim screamed, police said, and the suspect fled the scene on foot.

While police could not confirm that both attacks were perpetrated by the same man, the descriptions provided by both victims are similar and police are investigating the possibility both were carried out by a single suspect.

In the earlier attack, the suspect is described as between five feet, eight inches tall and five feet, ten inches tall with a medium build between 18 and 24 years of age. He has shaggy blond hair and was wearing a black short sleeve t-shirt with grey graphics and blue jeans.

The suspect in the second attack is described as five feet, six inches tall, short blond or dirty blond hair, clean shaven, wearing a dark sweater or hoodie.

Police are seeking the public’s help identifying the suspect, or suspects, and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Women travelling by foot in the area should be vigilant, police said.