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Police searching for girl's assailant

Nanaimo RCMP are trying to track down a man who grabbed a 14-year-old girl’s buttocks and breasts Tuesday.

The incident happened on Ashlee Road when the girl and her friend got off a Nanaimo Regional Transit bus shortly after 4 p.m.

“A male who was sitting ahead of them got off the bus,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “When the girl said goodbye to her friend, a short conversation ensued. He said that she had something on the back of her pants and pinched her bottom.”

When the girl tried to run away the man chased her, reached over her shoulder from behind and grabbed at her breasts. He then slipped and she escaped.

The suspect is described as non-Caucasian, 50 to 60 years old, medium build, 5’7” to 5’10” tall with grey/black long curly hair and missing some teeth.

He was wearing a red jacket with white stripes running down the sleeves and black snow pants. He also had a black mountain bike.

“The victim said that he may be living in the Westwood area,” O’Brien said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

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