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Toronto police now say there have been 5 sexual assaults near York University

Police released a warning yesterday about three sexual assault incidents that happened in the area near York University. Only a few hours later, last night, the tally went up to five.

Two sexual assault incidents happened Thursday, the same day a public warning went out

Police are now looking for a suspect accused of committing five sexual assaults near York University. (Toronto Police Service)

A few hours after Toronto police put out a public warning about a string of sexual assaults near York University, officers were called to the area to investigate two additional incidents.  

Police said Friday they believe the same male suspect is responsible for all five incidents.

At a hastily called news conference, police said a 30-year-old woman was knocked unconscious by a man as she walked on a path in Fountainhead Park north of Finch Avenue West at around 9 p.m. on Thursday night. 

When she regained consciousness, the man forced her into a lonely pathway and sexually assaulted her, police said. The woman was eventually able to flee from the man.

Only 15 minutes later and just a few blocks away on Four Winds Drive, police say a 20-year-old woman was robbed at knife point and sexually assaulted. 

The previous three cases happened on Oct. 24, Oct. 31 and Dec. 19, last Wednesday. Authorities say they're concerned with the escalating violence of the attacks.  

Police say the location of the crimes, time, description and victimology all lead them to believe the same suspect is involved in the attacks.

The suspect is said to be in his early 20s and between 5-feet-8 and 5-feet-10 with a slim built with short black hair. He is usually wearing a hooded sweater or jacket and dark or camouflaged pants during the attacks, police say.

York University has sent a safety warning to its students.