RCMP seek suspect in assault case near Nechako school

The RCMP are seeking a suspect and motive in an assault that occurred near Nechako Elementary School.

The RCMP are seeking a suspect and motive in an assault that occurred near Nechako Elementary School.

The incident, which took place Sept. 9, allegedly involved a man grabbing a woman at 8:20 a.m.

“It occurred on the path between the treed area, behind the school, and Pintail Street,” said Cpl. Darryl Peppler.

He said investigators are still gathering information on the crime from the victim and have yet to establish why it happened.

“As far as the motive, we don’t know if it was robbery or sexual in nature,” he said.

He explained that a woman walking on the pathway was approached by the man who allegedly grabbed at her. The woman received some scratches to her face but was able to kick the assailant and get away.

“This is rare. Obviously we’re going to go all out and try and determine who the male is and once we find that out what the motive was,” said Peppler.

The police are seeking an Aboriginal man, approximately 40-years-old, six feet tall, with short, dark, scruffy hair, who is not clean shaven and was wearing a red t-shirt at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-632-7111 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Peppler said that there is no belief  that this crime is in any way connected to the late August incident where a man pulled a knife on a woman in the Whitesail area.