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Suspects sought in Wednesday sex assaults

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Winnipeg police are investigating a pair of daytime sexual assaults Wednesday in the downtown area.

The first attack happened just after 10 a.m. when a 21-year-old woman walking near the Osborne Street Bridge was grabbed by a man walking past her. She was able to escape and call police.

The accused fled the scene and is described as an aboriginal male in his mid 20’s, approximately 5’8" with a large build and wearing black clothing.

The second attack happened just before 6 p.m. at Portage Place Shopping Centre. A 23-year-old woman was groped by a stranger who approached her and struck up a conversation.

Police say the woman screamed for help and the accused fled. He is described as an aboriginal male in his early to mid 20s, approximately 5’8" and 250 pounds wearing black sweats and a grey hoodie. The woman also described him as having a speech impediment.

Neither victim suffered physical injury. Based on the similar suspect descriptions it’s possible both attacks were committed by the same man.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 204-986-6245.

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Updated on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 4:07 PM CDT: Adds missing word to headline.

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