Halton Police seek suspect wanted in connection to sex assault at Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park

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Published September 30, 2021 at 8:36 am

Police in Halton are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection to a reported sexual assault that took place at Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park earlier this month.

In a press release issued Thursday (Sept. 30), the Halton Regional Police Service said the incident in question happened last Monday (Sept. 20) at around 6:30 p.m. on the Waterfront Trail when a 17-year-old girl was approached by an unknown man who “touched her breast above her shirt,” and then fled the area.

The same man was also seen taking photographs of the victim prior to the assault, police said.

The suspect is described as:

  • Male, in his 50’s or 60’s
  • Asian
  • 5’9” to 5’10” tall with a thin build
  • Noticeable wrinkles
  • Spoke with a thick accent/broken English

At the time of the assault, the suspect was wearing a white t-shirt with red sleeves and a grey baseball hat with a white design on the front and he was seen holding a cell phone with a bright red case.

Police said they have information that two young men may have seen the victim and suspect together on the bench — one youth was on a bike and the other was on a skateboard — and investigators would like to speak to these potential witnesses.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable Andrew Corrie of the Child and Sexual Assault Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 8971.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online.

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