Investigators with the Sexual Assault Investigation Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are investigating a sexual assault that occurred this morning in Halifax.
At 1:40 a.m. on November 29, police received a report that at approximately 1 a.m., a man in the 1500 block of South Park Street approached a 59-year-old man who was walking in the area. The unknown man punched the victim in the face several times then grabbed the victim and touched him in a sexual manner. The suspect proceeded to push the victim to the ground before fleeing the area in an unknown direction. The victim walked to the hospital and was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 30 to 40 years old, 5’10” with a slender build and short brown hair. There is no clothing description available.
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) or by 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 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.