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Assistance sought identifying man in Sexual Assault investigation,
Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West area,
Update,
Further complaints, security camera video of man released,
Police concerned there may be other victims



Broadcast time: 06:47
Saturday, June 17, 2017

32 Division
416-808-3200

Case #: 2017-911535


The Toronto Police Service is seeking assistance identifying a man wanted in a Sexual Assault investigation.

It is reported that:

- on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at approximately 4:45 p.m., near the intersection of Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West, a 37-year-old woman was in the elevator

- a man got on the same elevator at the ground floor

- the man and woman engaged in conversation

- the man said she needed a blessing

- the man followed the woman to her apartment

- the man advised she needed to be cleansed of her ex-husband

- he sexually assaulted the woman inside her apartment

The man is described as 6'0", long brown beard, long brown side curls, and glasses. The man speaks Hebrew and English. He was wearing black shoes, black pants, long black trench/dress coat, with a white-collared shirt underneath, and a large brimmed hat.

See previous release.

Since the news release on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, two new complaints have been reported.

It is further reported that:

- on Monday, May 22, 2017, at approximately 11:30 p.m., in the Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West area, a 27-year-old woman was walking to her residence, along York Hill Boulevard in Thornhill

- a man approached the woman and asked if he could bless her

- the woman refused

- the man then assaulted the woman, offering another blessing

- the woman refused and continued walking

- the man followed the woman up to her residence

- the family dog began barking and the man left


It is further reported that:

- on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at approximately 4 p.m., a 38-year-old woman was in her residence in the Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West area

- a man knocked on her door

- the man asked if he could give the woman a blessing as he walked into her entryway

- the man sexually assaulted the woman inside her apartment

A security camera video of the man has been released and can be viewed on YouTube.

Police are concerned there may be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.


For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.



Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Kate Cowie, 32 Division