Investigators with the Sexual Assault Investigation Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Friday evening in Halifax.
At 7:54 p.m. on August 19, police received a report that at approximately 7:30 p.m., a man in the area of Wood Avenue approached a toddler. She had been outside playing with a group of children when the man asked her to come with him. The man took the girl behind a building where he proceeded to touch her in a sexual manner and then left the area.
The suspect is described as a black man with a chubby nose and cheeks and was wearing a bicycle helmet and riding a bicycle.
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, particularly those that involve young children. As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with young victims and their families 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.