HALIFAX – 35-year-old Jean-Marie Richard Bertrand has been charged in connection with a string of assaults that happened on Thursday of last week, Halifax police say.

Between the hours of 7:30 am and 8:30 pm on Thursday police responded to seven separate incidents where a man was approaching women on the street in the south and west end of Halifax.

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In five incidents, the man grabbed the women while they were walking or jogging. In another incident, he touched a women in a sexual manner over her clothes and attempted to force her into an alley, but she was able to fight him off.

In the final incident, the man made an obscene comment to a woman, but didn’t touch her.

Some of the incidents that were originally classified as assaults were determined to have sexual overtures, so police laid sexual assault charges in three of the seven incidents.

Bertrand was arrested on Thursday evening and held in the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility over the weekend.

He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on Monday on two counts of assault, four counts of sexual assault, and one of forcible confinement in connection with six of the incidents.

Over the weekend, police received a call about a suspicious circumstance where a 40-year-old woman reported being followed to her car after she left a building on Marginal Road just before midnight on September 16. The woman said the man pressed himself against the window of her car, but didn’t say anything or touch her.

The man was described as a white man, 30-40 years old wearing baggy jeans, and about 5’9″ in height.

Police are investigating whether this incident may be connected to the others.

They also ask anyone who has experienced a similar incident, or has information on the incidents that have happened to call police at 902-490-5016, or contact Crime Stoppers.

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