The joint investigative efforts of Barrie Police Service Crimes Against Persons Unit and York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Sexual Assault Section have resulted in an arrest of the suspect involved in multiple sexual assaults involving feet and thefts of footwear from Barrie, York Region, Innisfil and Bradford.
Barrie Police Service would like to thank the public and media for their assistance in identifying the suspect involved in the sexual assaults. Barrie Police Service would also like to thank York Regional Police and South Simcoe Police for their involvement with this investigation.
On Thursday November 20th 2014, at approximately 3:15 p.m. a male suspect entered a tanning salon located on Bayfield Street in the City of Barrie and engaged the salon employee in conversation. The suspect drew her attention to her footwear and then dropped down on all fours, grabbed the employee’s leg and removed her footwear and then began licking her foot without her consent. The suspect then fled the scene.
As the investigation progressed similar incidents were reported at tanning salons in Aurora, Innisfil and Bradford.
On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, the suspect turned himself in to York Regional Police #1 District Headquarters, located at 240 Prospect Street in Newmarket.
- Charged: Mattieu PETRIN, 28, Innisfil
- Charges: Sexual Assualt x4,Sexual Interference with a Person Under The Age of 16,Theft Under $5000 x3, and Robbery
Mr. PETRIN will be appearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Thursday, November 27, 2014, for a bail hearing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Sexual Assault Section at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.