Burnaby RCMP have issued a warning after another woman was attacked and groped while walking alone earlier this week.

The latest assault happened on Springer Avenue, between Georgia Street and Francis Street on Tuesday, around 1:55 a.m. PT.

According to police, the woman was walking home from a Hastings Street bus stop when an unknown man approached her from behind. 

The man placed his hand over her mouth, pulled her toward the bushes and attempted to grope her.

The woman screamed and fought the assailant, who then fled northbound on Springer Avenue, across Francis Street.

The suspect is described as:

  • Caucasian male.
  • Medium build.
  • Taller than five feet eight inches.
  • Wearing a dark hooded jacket.

The incident is the third reported by Burnaby RCMP in the area in recent months, and the second on Springer Avenue.

While the suspect description in all three incidents is similar, investigators are not sure if the incidents are linked.

They are asking the public to remain vigilant when walking alone in the area at night.

1st Springer Avenue incident

Burnaby Springer Ave and Braelawn Dr

The first attack took place on Springer Ave near Braelawn Dr Jan. 29. (Google Maps)

The first incident happened on Friday Jan. 29 at approximately 10:30 p.m. in the area of Springer Avenue at Braelawn Drive.

In that incident a woman was walking home from the SkyTrain station when an unknown male approached her from behind, restrained her arms and groped her.

He then hit her and ran southbound on Springer Avenue and then eastbound on Broadway.

The suspect was described as:

  • Male.
  • Five feet six inches.
  • Slim build.
  • Wearing a black hoodie with the hood up.
  • Black track pants that tapered toward the bottom of the leg.

Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail incident

Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail

Police say a woman was sexually assaulted near the Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail on Feb 18. (Farrah Merali/CBC)

The second incident happened on the Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail south of the Lougheed Highway near Government Street on the afternoon of Feb. 18.

Police say at approximately 12:40 p.m. a woman was walking along the busy pathway when she was approached by an unknown man and sexually assaulted.

Police released a sketch of the suspect, who was described as:

  • Caucasian male.
  • Slim build.
  • Five feet seven inches tall.
  • Balding.
  • Between the ages of 40 and 50 years old.
  • Wearing black gloves, a grey hoodie, black jacket.
  • Black Adidas runners with green writing.
  • Grey sweat pants that had very muddy cuffs.

Police are asking anyone who has witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to call the Investigative Support Team at 604-294-7922, or to contact Crime Stoppers.

Burnaby sex assault suspect

Police have released a sketch depicting a suspect in a serious sex assault that took place in Burnaby on Feb. 18. (RCMP)