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Police issue warning to sex trade workers following second Vanier sexual assault

Ottawa Police have issued a warning for women, especially those working in the sex trade to remain vigilant after two recent sexual assaults in Vanier.

Staff Sgt Angela McDade with the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section told CFRA, the latest case took place on Monday, when a woman agreed to meet an unknown man at the corner of Montreal Road and Marier Avenue.

"They proceeded to an address on Marquette Street, where the victim was struck with an object, threatened and sexually assaulted," said McDade. "We're looking for information that can assist investigators with identifying the man responsible."

The man is described as white, in his 40s, with a husky build, shoulder length grey/white hair with a shorter grey/white beard. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt that was pulled over a baseball cap and black running shoes.

McDade said the description is similar to the suspect wanted in a December 27th sexual assault, in which a woman agreed to meet an unknown man on McArthur and was taken to a wooded area near Blake Boulevard and Lafontaine Avenue. She was choked and sexually assaulted.

In that case the suspect was driving an older model, green, four-door vehicle.

"In light of these incidents, the Ottawa Police is asking women, particularly those involved in the sex trade to be vigilant and exercise good safety practices," said McDade.

McDade told CFRA police do not believe this suspect is the same man wanted in connection with at least three sexual assaults that took place across the city.

The suspect in those cases has still not been arrested.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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