Police make arrest linked to sexual assaults

A man has been arrested in connection with five sexual assaults in the downtown area of St. John's.

Man held for morning court appearance

Police have made an arrest in connection with five sexual assaults in the downtown and central areas of St. John's.

The RNC announced the arrest in a news release shortly before 11:30 Monday night.

It said only that the male suspect was being held for a court appearance Tuesday morning.

At a news conference Monday, RNC Const. Steven Curnew revealed that two more women had come forward, in addition to three others who had recently reported assaults.

"The women have been alone at the time and they have been in that downtown, centre-city core,"  said Curnew.

All five women say the assaults happened outdoors, within the past two months.

Warning issued

One of the latest incidents was reported this past weekend.

A woman who met a man as she was leaving a downtown bar said she was later attacked in the central part of the city.

"The criminal investigations unit has reason to believe that this male is related to the other assaults that we had put a warning out (about) on Dec. 7," said Curnew.

That warning advised women to take precautions if they were going out alone at night.

Curnew said police had a "very vague" description of the man: between 30 and 40 years old, about six feet tall, a slim build, and a dark complexion.