The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is warning the public about a brazen assault that happened in the North Vernon area in the early evening of October 5th and is appealing for any further information that may lead to the identity of a suspect.
On October 5th, just before 6:00 pm, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of an adult female who was grabbed from behind and assaulted by an unknown male while walking on a board walk trail in the area of 2200-58th Avenue in Vernon. After struggling with the man, the woman managed to break free causing the suspect to flee north bound on foot. Police responded to the area after receiving the report, however the man was not located.
"The police are pursuing all avenues of the investigation to identify the suspect, said Cst. Kelly Brett. We are looking for any witnesses who may have been in the area or heard anything at the time of the assault to come forward and speak to police".
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 30 years of age, with a tall skinny build.
“The victim in this incident sustained minor physical injuries and can be commended for her fighting mentality.” Adds Brett.
The investigation is on-going and the RCMP are asking anyone with any information to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.