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Nanaimo RCMP turn to public to identify suspect in assault at Cedar skatepark

Male suspect assaulted female victim in her late teens the morning of Dec. 10
Nanaimo RCMP hope tips from the public will help solve an assault case that occurred in a skate park in Cedar on Dec. 10. (File photo)

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s help to identify a man who assaulted a woman in Cedar earlier this month.

The victim, who is in her late teens, was left shaken but uninjured by her ordeal, which occurred between 10 and 11 a.m. Dec. 10 in the vicinity of the Cedar skate bowl on Macmillan Road.

The victim told police she had walked to the skate bowl to look for a friend and while there she engaged in conversation with an unknown man.

After a few minutes, when the young woman turned to walk away, the suspect grabbed her wrist and assaulted her. She fought back and the assault stopped with her assailant running off in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as indigenous, in his mid-twenties, 6-feet to 6-foot-3, with a thin build. His hair was long and stuck out from underneath his hat and he had difficulty enunciating certain letters. He wore a black cloth mask, brown ripped jacket, black DC hat with a white logo and green under the brim of the hat, black pants and worn-out runners. He also wore a silver chain necklace with a cross around his neck.

“Investigators have aggressively pursued the investigation; however, at this time, they have been unable to identify the suspect and are turning to the public for assistance,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2020-45182.
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