Police investigating sexual assault

Kamloops City

2023-07-12 14:27 PDT

File # 2023-24436

The Kamloops RCMP Detachment is looking for information and warning the public, following a report of a sexual assault.

On Sunday July 9, 2023, police received a report that shortly after 9 p.m., a woman had been on the walking path between Strathcona Terrace and St. Paul Street West, when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her in a sexual nature. An altercation ensued during which the victim was able to get free, and the man departed toward Strathcona Terrace.

The Kamloops RCMP Detachment Sex Crimes and General Investigation Support units are assisting with the ongoing investigation into this concerning offence, said Corporal Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson. This happened during the sunset portion of the evening, when people may have been jogging, walking their dog, or just strolling in the neighbourhood, and could have observed something that might be related. We are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious – a vehicle, a person – or anything else they think could help further the investigation, to please contact police as soon as possible.

The suspect is described as:

Police are also requesting the public be alert to any other potential occurrences as they go about their daily routine.

Some good safety practices include walking or running with a partner and allowing space between yourself and other people or parked vehicles along your path, added Cpl. Evelyn. If you’re running alone, be aware of your surroundings; remove any earbuds, stick to well-populated areas, and try to conserve enough energy to be able to stay focused and alert.

Telling someone your route and expected return time, turning on location services, and texting or phoning a friend before and after you get back can also be helpful.

Anyone who saw or captured any video that could be related to this investigation, is asked to please contact the Kamloops RCMP Detachment at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2023-24436.

Released by

Cpl. Crystal Evelyn

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Kamloops RCMP
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
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Email: crystal.evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
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