Police have released a composite sketch with the hope of apprehending a suspect in a sexual assault investigation.
On March 8, at around noon, a 50-year-old woman was in Roding Park, near Keele St. and Wilson Ave., when she was approached from behind and forced to the ground by the suspect.
The woman, who was sexually assaulted, fought off the assailant in a violent struggle before he ran away towards Wilson Ave.
At a news conference at police headquarters on March 22, A/Detective Sergeant Paul Krawczyk said the victim was able to provide a description of the man.
He’s described as Asian, grey complexion, between 18 and 25, 5’5” to 5’8”, with a thin build, skin irritation on the bottom portion of his face, a flat nose, thin lips and small, beady eyes. He was wearing a grey long-sleeved top with baggy pants and a white hat.
“We are concerned about this sexual assault,” said Krawczyk. “This happened in broad daylight on a day where all kinds of people were enjoying a spring-like day here in Toronto in a city park. The level of violence used by the suspect is also very concerning.”
Krawczyk is appealing to witnesses to contact police.
“They are people who were in the area of Roding Park on March 8, which was a Tuesday, around noon. We want to speak with those people who think that they may know the suspect or have seen him based on the description or the composite drawing,” he said. “I know that there were people in that park… even though they may think they might not have anything, just contact us.”
Anyone with information can contact Sex Crimes at (416) 808-7474; Crime Stoppers at 416−222−TIPS (8477); or via the internet at 222tips.com; or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637); or download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
Krawczyk is also appealing to victims of sexual assaults who decided not make a report to police to seek help from community agencies for support.