A series of attacks at Sheridan College since the summer has prompted a warning to students to avoid the forested areas on campus.
Posters went up across campus after two women were reportedly attacked from behind in broad daylight, minutes apart from each other, on Oct. 5.
Students are being advised to avoid the forested areas on campus, to not travel alone and to make use of Sheridan’s Safe Walk program.
“This is our school. We should be safe here,” a friend of one of the victims told CityNews. “I think he is disgusting — to be able to prey on girls who are just doing their homework.”
Sgt. David Cross said he believes the attacks were premeditated.
“Certainly it’s something that’s been planned,” Cross explained. “It wasn’t a spur of the moment activity in any of these cases.”
Campus security has been stepped up and golf carts have even been rented to patrol the trails around the clock.
Halton police said they believe the Oct. 5 attacks may be related to two other assaults that took place in the area over the summer.
On July 16, a 27-year-old woman was walking through the Morrison Valley Ravine, located near Sheridan College between White Oaks Boulevard and Lambeth Road, when it’s alleged she was approached from behind by a man who attempted to talk to her and then touched her inappropriately.
On Aug. 23 a 21-year-old woman, was walking the trails behind Sheridan when she was reportedly attacked from behind and then pushed to the ground. The woman fought off her attacker, who then fled the area.
In each instance the suspect has been described as a white man in his mid- to late-20s, between five-foot-three and five-foot-eight and wearing dark clothing.
The attacker has also been described as having blonde hair and possibly facial hair.
In the recent attacks the suspect reportedly covered his face.