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Police issue warning after woman grabbed

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP

Whistler RCMP is warning the public to be cautious after two disturbing incidents - the first an attack on a young woman and the second a man exposing himself.

In the first incident an unknown male attacked a young woman on the evening of Monday, Sept. 26 on Alpine Way, west of Drifter Way in Alpine Meadows.

Then later that day another woman witnessses a man exposing himself as he walked along the Valley Trail near Blackcomb Way. It is not clear if the incidents are linked at this time.

The RCMP responded to the complaint of the attack at 10:10 p.m. According to the victim, a female in her early 20s, she had just exited the bus when a male approached her and grabbed her from behind. He put a hand over her mouth and told her to be quiet.

The woman bit the suspect, causing him to remove his hand, and she was able to scream. She then ran to her residence, while the suspect ran eastbound from the location.

The male is described as having a medium build. He was wearing beige pants, a white jacket with dark sleeves and a baseball cap. A small white hatchback was seen in the area, but it's unknown if it belonged to the suspect.

"The young woman did exactly the right thing - fighting back, screaming and running away," said Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair of the Whistler RCMP. "Fortunately she was not physically injured. Our Serious Crime Section is taking this attack very seriously, and its investigation is being assisted by our police dog section. At this time we are warning residents to be vigilant and to make safe travel arrangements, particularly after dark."

The RCMP are investigating another incident that took place between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Monday evening, and whether the two incidents might be related. According to police a female was walking on the Valley Trail near Blackcomb Way when a male exposed himself to her. He asked her for the time and she walked away.

If you have any information regarding either incident - or another incident that may be relevant - contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).