Two women were sexually assaulted while sleeping in their homes early Friday morning by a man who had a cloth covering his face, police say.
A 62-year-old woman was sleeping in her home near the Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue area when a man broke in at 3:10 a.m. and sexually assaulted her, police say.
About 20 minutes later, a 49-year-old woman who was awake saw a man try to break into her home near the Royal York Road and Norseman Street area. The man, however, fled.
Then, at about 3:40 a.m., a man broke in and sexually assaulted a 70-year-old woman who was sleeping in her home near the Royal York Road and The Queensway Avenue area, police said. After the assault, the man fled from the home.
The suspect in these sexual assaults and break-ins is described as about five-foot-eight with a thin build. Police believe he is between 20 to 25 years old. When he was last seen, he was wearing dark clothing with a white cloth or T-shirt that covered his face but exposed his eyes. Police released a grainy security camera image of the suspect, where a long, white cloth is covering his face.
It is not known at this time if the man and his victims were known to each other before the assaults occurred, said Constable Tony Vella, spokesman with the Toronto Police Service.
“It’s obviously planned. Obviously, the circumstances are quite aggravating,” Constable Vella said .
It is also not yet known if these assaults are linked to a recent series of sexual assaults in the Bloor Street West and Christie Street area.
“We’re obviously keeping an open mind,” Constable Vella said.