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Sex assault victim describes attacker as man wanted in serial sex assaults

Ottawa Police are looking into a sexual assault that took place in the Glebe on Friday.

While police have NOT positively linked this case to a serial sexual predator wanted in at least three other cases, Const. Chuck Benoit tells CFRA the victim told police the man looked familiar.

"The complainant stated in the report in her statement that the sketch that is sought from the SACA (Sexual Assault and Child Abuse) Unit seems familiar, seems to be the same," said Benoit. "The investigators will take that very seriously."

In this case, the victim was walking in the area of Bank and First Avenue around 6 p.m. when she was approached and grabbed by a man described as tanned, around 25-years-old, 5'9" to 5'10", with a medium build.

He was wearing a light grey sweatshirt with black laces, dark jeans and black shoes.

Police confirm there was a second reported sighting of the serial sexual predator in the Glebe just hours later.

Benoit told CFRA a separate complainant reported a man matching the composite sketch knocked on their door repeatedly at 4 a.m. He fled when a man answered the door.

Last month lead investigator Sgt. Richard Dugal told reporters it wasn't clear if the suspect was still in the Ottawa-area.

Benoit said he could very well still be here.

"There's always possibilities," said Benoit. "They will never rule that out that he's maybe stepped out and come back. People are very transient to the cities around. We have a lot of people that are from Ottawa, but they travel a lot in the visitor towns - Toronto, Montreal and all that."

The man wanted by police is said to be of Middle Eastern descent, with short dark hair, thick eyebrows and a prominent nose.

Police have positively linked the man to sexual assaults on Banner Road on Aug. 5, 2012, on a footpath near Lancaster on June 26th, 2013 and on Aldea Avenue at Lasalle Street on Oct. 7, 2013.

Investigators say in those cases an unknown man approached a woman who was walking alone after dark. He then choked and sexually assaulted her.

There are 10 other unsolved cases that present similarities, but have not been positively connected to the suspect.

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