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Hamilton police searching for sexual assault reportedly identifying as an Uber driver

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Hamilton police searching for sexual assault reportedly identifying as an Uber driver

Hamilton police are searching for a suspect, who may or may not be an Uber driver, who is wanted in connection with at least six sexual assault incidents. 

Late last month, police alleged that a man identifying himself as an Uber driver sexually assaulted women in two separate incidents in the city’s east end. 

Police said that on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, an adult female was walking alone in the area of Barton Street East and Gage Avenue North when a male in a vehicle approached her. Police say the male identified himself as an Uber driver and offered her a free ride. Once the female was inside the vehicle, the male allegedly sexually assaulted her before dropping her off at her destination.

Police also allege that on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, an adult female was walking alone in the Parkdale Avenue and Queenston Road area when she was approached by a male in a vehicle who identified himself as an Uber driver and offered her a free ride. Police allege that the driver sexually assaulted the woman before dropping her off at her destination.

On Oct. 7, 2020, police said that four additional incidents have been linked to this suspect.

Police say detectives have not yet determined if the suspect is an actual rideshare driver or just someone posing as one. 

Police say the suspect is described as an Asian male in his mid-20s who is 5’5″ to 5’7″ with a thin to medium build. Police also say that he is clean-shaven and has short black hair that’s swept to the side.

Police say he’s well-dressed and wears prescription glasses. 

The suspect vehicle is described as a 2018-2020 White Honda Accord with a sunroof and tinted windows. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Phil Hedgcock of the Sexual Assault Unit at (905) 540-5544.

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