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Daylight assault on woman thwarted

Daylight assault on woman thwarted

Hamilton Police are investigating daylight assault on woman out for walk

On Wednesday, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a woman was walking in the area of Upper Paradise and Donnici Drive when she was approached by an unknown male and dragged off the trail. The male proceeded to assault her but was interrupted by witnesses walking by the area. The male then fled on foot southbound towards Upper Paradise.

The suspect is described as follows:

Black male

Between 18-24 years-of-age

Approximately 6 feet tall

175 pounds with a lean athletic build

Black curly hair on top and short on the sides

Wearing a navy blue t-shirt, black or navy baggy jogging pants

Carrying a cross body bag

Hamilton Police are encouraging the public to take extra precautions when accessing trails or walking paths within the city. Please consider the following safety tips:

Walk or run with a partner when possible

Tell someone the route you are taking and the anticipated length of time you will be gone

Avoid poorly lit paths or running/walking when it is dark

Stick to populated paths when running/walking or cycling alone

Carry a cell phone or personal alarm device

Run/walk without head phones

If confronted, be loud and shout for help.

At this time, investigators are asking area residents to review their video surveillance for any footage that may assist with this investigation. Anyone with  any information, are asked to contact Det/Sgt Jennifer Currie at 905-546-4962 or Det Constable Shannon McLean at 905-546-4614..

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com.

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