Ottawa cops are investigating a sex attack which occurred Friday morning near the Montessori school on Lindsay St. in Alta Vista. A woman was found bleeding at about 8:30 a.m.
Credits: Tony Spears/Ottawa Sun
OTTAWA - A South Ottawa neighbourhood is gripped with fear Friday after two reports of sex attacks within a few blocks.
The attacks are the latest in a string of sex assaults, most of which have been in the downtown area during the past two weeks.
Friday morning, cops received calls to two locations about 45 minutes apart in the Alta Vista neighbourhood.
The first came in at 7:45 a.m., reporting that a male suspect followed a woman into Riverview Public School. Officers responded to the area, but did not immediately make any arrests.
At about 8:30 a.m., cops were called to the nearby Ottawa Montessori School, where a woman in her 30s was found bleeding after having her pants pulled down by a male assailant.
The woman was not seriously hurt. She was injured when she fell backwards after the man assaulted her. Paramedics were called and assessed the woman at the scene.
A woman at the school declined to comment.
News of the two attacks quickly rippled through the neighbourhood. One woman said she won't let her daughter walk to school alone.
These attacks bring to at least nine the number of sex-related assaults during the past two weeks.
Although not all of the attacks are believed to be connected, assaults on Friday are very similar to several other attacks in which women have been followed and approached before having their pants pulled down.
Several occurred in the downtown area.
That means that if this is the same suspect, he has changed his area of operation.
Police have yet to release a suspect description in this latest attack.
After another sex assault earlier this week, cops warned women across the city to ex ercise caution, especially if they are out alone.