Police probe overnight break and enters in south Etobicoke

Toronto police are trying to catch a male suspect who broke into six houses in a west-end neighbourhood overnight and sexually assaulted residents in some cases.

Police say the break-ins occurred between midnight and 5 a.m. Theft occurred in some cases.

Insp. Gerry Cashman told reporters Tuesday that the incidents occurred in an area bounded by Bloor Street West, Islington Avenue, The Queensway and the Humber River.

Details are sketchy on the suspect, who is described as a six-foot male with a slim build.

Cashman would not say how many sexual assaults occurred overnight. But he said nobody was hospitalized.

He encouraged people living in the area to check on elderly residents living in the area and to ensure that their homes are secure.

"We’re not trying to create a panic here, all we’re trying to do is make sure that people are safe," Cashman said.

Cashman said police flooded the area with officers overnight when the calls about the break and enters started coming in.

Residents told the CBC's Jermaine Hylton that they heard a police helicopter circling the area at about 4 a.m., while police officers scoured the neighbourhood and combed through backyards as they searched for a suspect.

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