Volume 95, Issue 31

Friday, October 26, 2001
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Police pursue possible sex stalker

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

Police have released information about a knife used in the recent North London attacks in hopes of solving the attempted murder of a Fanshawe College student.

Police hope someone will be able to provide information linking a suspect to the multiple-stabbing of the 33-year-old woman and possibly two other recent attacks on women.

Only the knife's navy-blue handle has been found, which was collected on a pathway between Huron Road and Cheapside Street near Adelaide Road. It has three grooved rings below the base of the missing blade and could be a steak knife.

"If anybody who has these types of knives has seen a male who is of a suspicious nature in their home or maybe at a party, we are asking them to come forward," said London Police Const. Ryan Holland.

Once considered an assault, the case has become an attempted murder investigation.

The victim remains in fair condition at London Health Science Centre's Victoria Campus.

In addition to the stabbing, two other recent attacks on women in the Fanshawe area have caused considerable concern.

The first attack was a sexual assault that took place in a parking lot, while the second involved a 19-year-old woman who lived near the school and was able to fight off a man who invaded her apartment.

In all three cases, a 6'0" white male in his late 20s to early 30s has been named as the suspect but police say it is possible there were different attackers.

"I don't think there's a student who's not aware of what's happening," said Roxanne Dean, a member of Fanshawe's Women's Security Advisory committee.

However, Dean said she is concerned the alert is not being taken seriously by enough students.

"I still see women walking home alone," she said. "More care needs to be taken."

"Some women aren't afraid enough to protect themselves," said Beth Henning, a partner at WomensHealth in London. "We've certainly supported the information alert that police have given to women – it reminds them to keep them safe."

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