NEWS
03/03/2016 06:45 EST | Updated 03/04/2017 00:12 EST

RCMP looking for suspect in North Burnaby sexual assault

Burnaby RCMP are looking for anyone who may have witnessed a sexual assault in North Burnaby.

The assault happened on Springer Avenue, between Georgia Street and Francis Street on Tuesday, around 1:55 a.m.

According to police, a Burnaby woman was walking home from a Hastings Street bus stop when an unknown man approached her from behind. 

The man placed his hand over her mouth, pulled her toward the bushes and attempted to grope her.

The woman screamed and fought the assailant, who then fled northbound on Springer Avenue, across Francis Street.

The alleged suspect is described as:

- Caucasian male with a medium build

- Taller than 5 feet, 8 inches

- Wearing a dark hooded jacket.

Second sexual assault in the past month

Burnaby RCMP say this is the second incident of a sexual assault involving groping in the North Burnaby area in the last four weeks.

Police recently released a sketch of the suspect in an assault that happened on the Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail on the afternoon of Feb. 18.

Investigators are not sure if the two incidents are linked, but they are asking the public to remain vigilant when walking alone in the area at night.

Police are asking anyone who has witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to call the Investigative Support Team at 604-294-7922, or to contact Crime Stoppers.