Winnipeg police are asking for the public’s help tracking down a suspect in a sexual assault along the river trail near Churchill High School earlier this month.
Jordan Andrew Bruyere, 29, of Winnipeg, is wanted on charges of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, and sexual assault.
Police said a teenage girl was seriously sexually assaulted around 3:45 a.m. Aug. 8, while walking along the trail, and released surveillance footage of a man dressed in black they called a ‘person of interest’ in the case.
Police said Friday that numerous tips from the public have led investigators to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect, and that they believe Bruyere — who is known to police — is the man depicted in the surveillance video.
Police had previously warned about a rash of sexual assaults along the same stretch of the river trail near Churchill High School, and although they said they don’t yet have evidence linking Bruyere to the other incidents, Const. Rob Carver said the possibility is being looked into.
Less than three hours after the teen was assaulted Aug. 8, a woman in her 20s was jogging along the river trail near Harkness Avenue, when a man came up from the riverbank, grabbed her from behind, and pulled her to the ground, police said.
The victim in that case was able to escape.
Police said a similar incident happened on June 12 at Cockburn Street and Churchill Drive, and that several incidents have taken place at various points along the west Red River trail system between April and August.
In each case, the victims were women and girls from 15 years old to their late 30s.
Carver said since Bruyere remains at large and faces charges in a very serious incident, it’s reasonable to believe that he could pose a continued threat until police can confirm his arrest.
He said he recommends people in the area — or anywhere else in the city — follow police safety advice when going out jogging, including going out with a partner, staying in well-lit areas, running without headphones, and carrying a cell phone or personal alarm device.
“Those recommendations are valid at any point in time… they’re good safety tops for anyone at any time,” he said.
“Those tips would stand if we’ve made the arrest. I would still recommend those safety protocols. They’re good strategies.”
Anyone with information about Bruyere is asked to call sex crimes investigators at 204-986-6245 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
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