Nanaimo RCMP search for man suspected of groping woman walking to work

NANAIMO – Victim told Nanaimo police she heard noise in bushes before suspect grabbed her.

Nanaimo RCMP have released a description of a man suspected of groping a woman walking to work along Nicol Street.

According to police, the incident happened at about 5 a.m. Sunday in the vicinity of the Days Inn, located at 809 Nicol St. A 19-year-old woman walking to work with earbuds in told police that as she passed the hotel, she heard a noise behind her from nearby bushes. Before she could turn, a male grabbed her and fondled her.

She fought back, broke free and ran in the opposite direction.

She said the man did not follow her and she did not see him again. Although shaken, the woman was not injured. She was able to provide a detailed description of her alleged attacker to police.

The suspect is described as a white male, 30-40 years old, five-foot-eight to five-foot-nine with a medium build. He had dark hair cut army style, with greying sides. His hands were rough and calloused, with the nails bitten off.

The suspect was described as wearing black or dark long-sleeve jersey with a stripe at the cuff, white runners and long pants.

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text your tip to 274637 with keyword Nanaimo, or visit www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.