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.