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Man arrested and charged in ByWard Market sexual assaults

Ottawa police spoke with three victims and believe there could be more.
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Ottawa Police Service cruiser. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

A 33-year-old Ottawa man is facing three counts of sexual assault after incidents in the Dalhousie Street and Rideau Street area.

The Ottawa Police Service said the incidents involved three women, and happened Monday.

Sexual assault and child abuse investigators believe there may be other victims.

Gabriel Kootachin is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

He is described as an Indigenous man, 6' 0'' and 242 lbs with dark hair and a moustache.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Major Case Management Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5760. 

Emailed tips can be sent to: or

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or downloading the Ottawa Police app.

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