Hamilton Police are releasing photos and video related to last weeks attack on a woman who was in William Schwenger Park off Upper Paradise Road.
On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a woman was walking in the park 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 and was later seen on video in the area of Edgehill Dr.
Police are seeking the following suspect:
Between 18-24 years-of-age
Approximately 5’8” to 5’10” feet tall
175 pounds with a lean athletic build
Black short curly hair on top and short/shaved on the sides
Wearing a navy v-neck blue t-shirt, black/dark coloured jogging pants
Grey casual/running shoes with white emblem
Black cross body bag
Black sweater/jacket tied around his waist (or carrying)
Black COVID mask (worn up and underneath his mouth/chin)
Given the unprovoked nature of the attack, 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 not have already been submitted to investigators.
Anyone with any information on the suspect identity, are asked to contact Det/Sgt Jennifer Currie at 905-546-4962 or Det Constable Shannon McLean at 905-546-4614.