Teenage girl assaulted in Guelph's south end, police say

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Guelph police have launched an investigation after a teenage girl was assaulted in the Scottsdale Drive area on Tuesday.

The 14-year-old says she was in the park behind Priority Park Public School when she was approached by an adult male between 8:30 p.m. and 8:50 p.m.

The man knocked the victim to the ground and got on top of her, before the girl fought him off and ran to safety.

The suspect was last seen running eastbound towards Edinburgh Road South.

He was described as wearing a dark coloured hoodie, dark pants, a ski mask, fingerless gloves and black shoes.

Guelph police are reminding residents to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity.

"People should always be cautious. We're not telling people to alter their behaviour but we are encouraging, letting them know this did happen in the area so that they can make decisions with that in mind," said Scott Tracey with the Guelph Police Service.

The investigation is ongoing.

Police say they believe there were people in the area at the time playing basketball and tennis.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

With files from CTV Kitchener's Carmen Wong.