Investigators in the Criminal Investigation Division are continuing their investigation into yesterday’s robbery in Dartmouth. Through the course of the investigation, they have also determined that the incident involved a sexual assault.
On April 30 at noon, police responded to 0-100 block of Jackson Road for a report of a robbery. A 32-year-old woman was walking on a path in the area when she was approached from behind by a man, dragged several feet into the nearby wooded area and had her purse stolen. Two men were seen fleeing the scene on foot. Through the course of the investigation last evening, investigators determined the incident also involved sexual touching.
The K-9 Unit attended and conducted a search immediately following the incident, and were able to locate the victim’s purse in the wooded area near the location of the robbery. At 12:43 p.m., officers located a 44-year-old man walking in the area who matched the description of one of the suspects. He was taken in custody but was later released without charges.
The suspect who grabbed the woman and sexually assaulted her is described as 5’6”-5’7” in height and wearing a blue hoodie and gloves. The second suspect is described as being taller than the other man, wearing a black leather jacket and had long scraggly hair that came up over the collar of his jacket. At this time, investigators do not believe this was a random act.
Investigators with the General Investigation Section and Sexual Assault Investigative Team are asking anyone with information about this incident or who may have further details on the suspects to contact police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.