RCMP are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a trail between Chaster Road and Boys Road. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Duncan woman allegedly sexually assaulted along local trail

Incident reportedly occurred on trail on Wednesday afternoon

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are asking the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an alleged sexual assault.

A Duncan woman reported that she was walking on a trail near the Trans-Canada Highway between Chaster Road and Boys Road on Wednesday when she was pulled into the woods and sexually assaulted.

RCMP said the suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his mid-30s with short, dark brown hair and a dark brown goatee, between five-foot-seven and five-foot-eight and approximately 200 pounds, with an average, athletic build.

He was wearing black cargo shorts, a white T-shirt and black sunglasses at the time of the assault.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or cowichancrimestoppers.com; or text a tip by typing “COWICHAN” plus your tip to 274637.

Police also remind residents to follow all safety precautions while walking outdoors, including: do not wear headphones, do not walk alone or in dark areas, travel in well-lit and populated areas, and report any suspicious activity to your local police immediately.

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