Police seek suspect

An alleged sexual assault took place near Art Morris Park in Sooke

  • Jun. 5, 2012 10:00 a.m.

The Sooke RCMP are asking the public to help find a suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted a teen on May 31.

An 18-year-old woman was walking on the corner of Throup Rd. and Charters Rd. near Art Morris Park when she was allegedly attacked and sexually assaulted by a man around 9:30-10 p.m.

She was able to escape and call police.

Police attempted to track the suspect with a police service dog, but he was not located.

The victim described the suspect as a man older than 30, thin build, dark buzz cut hair, dark moustache, and goatee with some grey hair. He was wearing dark coloured jeans with a belt, and a light coloured stained t-shirt. His breath also carried the distinct smell of beer.

“We’re actively canvassing the area looking for witnesses and we’re looking for any assistance for helping identifying this person,” said Staff Sgt. Steve Wright.

Wright said the incident is unusual for the region, adding police have been working throughout the weekend on the investigation.

The Westshore RCMP Major Crime Unit and Island District General Investigation Section are currently assisting  Sooke RCMP.

Police are warning women to not walk alone in the area, and to restrict travel in lit places unless accompanied by another person.

Anyone with information regarding the assault or suspicious activity in the area are encouraged to contact Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477).

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