$50K reward offered in sex assault cold cases

Toronto Police are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted in connection with two sex assaults that happened almost 20 years ago.
Toronto Police released this composite of the wanted man. (TPS)

Toronto Police are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted in connection with two sex assaults that happened almost 20 years ago.

The man is wanted for an attack on a 19-year-old woman near Dundas and Parliament streets on Nov.10, 1993. Police allege he threatened her with a knife, dragged her under a parked tractor trailer and brutally assaulted her physically and sexually.

The woman, whose name is not being released to protect her identity, is now a mother of three children.

She spoke to reporters by telephone on Tuesday and described the trauma following the attack.

"I would think I see him in a crowd. I would think I see him even though logically I knew he wouldn't be there. I just would think I see his face for a long time after that," she said.

"It was the reason I actually thought I was going to die, because I saw his face [and thought] that he was going to have to get rid of me."

The woman recently learned the same man was involved in an assault eight months later.

Police say DNA evidence obtained from that attack showed "conclusively" the same person was responsible for another attack in an apartment near Queen Street West and Bathurst Street.

Police allege the man climbed into a second floor apartment on July 3, 1994, attacked a 46-year-old woman living inside and claimed he had a knife. He then sexually assaulted her and robbed her of her purse. 

Det. Ali Ansari has been trying to solve the cases for eight years.

"I’m hoping that the $50,000 reward will encourage people who used to know this person to come forward and give us the information," he said at a Tuesday news conference in which he announced the reward. "I’m hoping that the 17 or 18 years that has gone by has helped to fray some of those loyalties that people might have to each other, friends, family members."

Police have released a description of the suspect dating back to 1993. At the time, he was described as being between 18 and 25 years of age. He was described as being either white or biracial and had bushy dreadlocks, a moustache and a beard. He is described as having small hands and wore a multi-coloured hooded jacket and running shoes.

Anyone with information about the suspect is being urged to contact Ansari at 416-808-7448 or to go to torontopolice.on.ca/rewards.