Early-morning sexual assault suspect sought by police

Police are seeking a male suspect in a case of attempted sexual assault in Sylvan Lake May 2.

Police are seeking a male suspect in a case of attempted sexual assault in Sylvan Lake May 2.

Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to the complaint at around 5:41 a.m. after a female victim was allegedly approached while walking near 48 Avenue and 48 Street on her way to work.

The victim was grabbed from behind and carried into an alley between 47 Street and 48 Street. Her assailant threw her to the ground, and eventually released her after she yelled that she would phone the police.

The suspect then fled the alley heading south.

Police say the male suspect is about six feet tall with a thin to medium build and facial hair on his chin. He was wearing faded blue jeans and a black jacket or sweater with a hood over his head, and emitted a smell of alcohol.

Nearby residents and businesses are asked to review any video footage they may have of the suspect, particularly between 4:30 and 6 a.m. the morning of the crime.

Those with information are asked to contact the Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment at 403-858-7200, or Crime Stoppers, for the option to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477.