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Ballingall figures the intruder has left the mountain. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)
Ballingall figures the intruder has left the mountain. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)

Big White intruder strikes twice

by Kelly Hayes - Story: 44182
Jan 5, 2009 / 11:13 am

RCMP are asking Big White visitors and residents to lock their doors following another round of sexual assaults.

The most recent ones occurred Sunday, January 4 at two separate locations.

Police say an intruder sexually touched a woman early Sunday morning while she was sleeping in a chalet.

"She awakened to find a male standing at her bedside. The male left when the victim awoke," says Constable, Steve Holmes.

The suspect gained entry to the woman's residence through an unlocked door.

Holmes says the second attack occurred moments later in a condo several blocks away from the first incident where a 36-year-old woman was also touched while sleeping.

"The woman screamed when she saw the suspect and the victim’s boyfriend chased the suspect away," says Holmes.

He says RCMP believe the same suspect is responsible for both incidents.

The suspect is described as being 5' 5"-5'7" tall, in his 20s, thin build, wearing a lighter, possibly yellow or tan, puffy winter jacket, and darker pants. He may have brown hair.

This is the second series of sexual assaults at Big White in recent months.

Last November, two women came forward claiming they were sexually assaulted -- one outside a pub, the other on a trail. Police are still looking for that suspect.

Holmes says the previous attacks and the most recent ones are likely not connected because the descriptions of the suspects don't match.

Meantime, Big White's Michael J. Ballingall says staff and visitors need to be vigilant.

"The message that we're trying to get out there is lock your doors. In a city like Big White where there were approximately 16,000 people sleeping on the mountain last weekend, you have to lock your doors. What people tend to do in these situations is let their guard down and obviously there's a bad person out there."

Ballingall figures that the attacker from last weekend has left the mountain.


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