Police search for sexual assault suspect in Brampton

Police are searching for a suspect after a daytime sexual assault in Brampton, Ont., and they believe the suspect may be connected to a separate incident that took place earlier this month.

Suspect is connected to separate incident that occured in the same area earlier this month, police said

Peel police are searching for a suspect who they believe is responsible for two separate sexual assaults in a Brampton park this month. 2:45

Police renewed their push Thursday for public assistance in an ongoing investigation into two sexual assaults in a Brampton park that they believe were committed by the same suspect. 

Peel Regional Police said that around 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, a man attempted to sexually assault a 22-year-old woman while she walked on the greenbelt path near Queen Mary Drive and McLaughlin Road.

The suspect approached the woman from behind as she walked eastbound on the park's footpath, put her in a choke hold, and attempted to drag her into a wooded area just north of the path, said Det. Derek Vammus with the PRP Special Victims Unit. 

Police released this composite sketch of the suspect. (Peel Regional Police)

A struggled ensued, and after another woman attempted to intervene the suspect fled the scene westbound on foot.

The woman did not require medical attention following the attack. 

Vammus said police believe the suspect may be connected with a separate incident on May 13, when a 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in nearly the exact same spot at around 10 p.m.

In that attack, the suspect managed to force the woman into the same wooded area, where he sexually assaulted her. The victim received medical treatment following the incident.  

The PRP Special Victims Unit has set-up a command post nearby where the assaults took place, with multiple officers assisting in the investigation, Vassum said Thursday. 

Police are canvassing local businesses and another of homes in the area with security camera systems to see if the suspect may have been recorded when entering or fleeing the park. 

The suspect is described as a black male, between 18 to 21 years old, about five-foot-five-inches tall, with a stocky build. He has a medium complexion, a wide nose, black curly hair and is clean shaven.

He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt during both attacks. 

Police are advising the public to use caution when walking in the area and to preferably walk with another person, and to report any suspicious activity. 

"Any tip, any tip at all could be of benefit in this case," Vassum said.