(West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP have released a sketch of a man who allegedly sexually assaulted two youths, calling on the public for help in identifying him.

RCMP say two youth victims reported similar circumstances in separate incidents in Colwood, where a man in the 1900-block of Sooke Road approached them asking for directions. 

As the suspect was engaging with each victim, he was subtly groping them, according to police.

The first incident occurred on January 27th, just after 4 p.m., and the second occurred last Thursday, March 24th, just before 10 p.m., near a bus stop. The suspect fled when another man approached.

“If you were the man approaching the bus stop in the 1900-block of Sooke Road and recognize these details, please call the West Shore RCMP,” said RCMP spokesperson Cst. Meghan Groulx.

Described as a dark-skinned man in his mid-40s to 50s with a thick accent, the suspect stands between 5’5’’ and 5’8’’ and has thick black eyebrows and sideburns.  

On March 24th, he was wearing a red and white baseball cap with cursive writing, a green jacket and a dark hood pulled up, RCMP say.

Anyone with information, dashcam footage, surveillance or who recognizes the suspect is asked to call West Shore RCMP at (250) 474-2264. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS).

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