Investigators with the Sexual Assault Investigation Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on July 2 in Dartmouth.
At 7:20 p.m. on July 2, police received a report that at approximately 4 p.m. that same day, a man walking in the area of Wyse Road approached a 13-year-old girl and asked where she was going. The girl did not speak to the man or make eye contact and continued walking. The man continued to ask her where she was going and when she refused to tell him, he touched her in a sexual manner over her clothing. The victim yelled at the man and he ran away northbound on Wyse Road.
The suspect is described as a black man with a medium complexion, 50-60 years of age, approximately 5’6” with an average build, short grey hair with a bald spot on top and a short grey goatee. He may have a speech impediment. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a faded royal blue rain jacket.
Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 902-490-5016. 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.
Sexual assault investigations are very complex. As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to ensure they’re willing to proceed with a police investigation, which includes giving a statement about the incident and providing a description of the suspect if possible. Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered; sexual assault investigators have been taking these measures since first speaking with the victim, and we’re now in a position to report this incident to the public.