Do you recognize this man? Composite sketch released in connection with attempted sexual assault investigation

Lethbridge Police are releasing a composite sketch of suspect wanted in connection with a violent attempted sexual assault and are asking anyone who recognizes the man to come forward.

On March 18, 2017 at approximately 3:13 a.m. an badly beaten woman attended the police station and reported she had been attacked by an unknown male in the area of 6 Avenue South near the Civic Centre. The woman reported the male approached her, solicited her for sex and when she refused he forced himself on her and began violently assaulting her. The woman struggled and fought with her attacker and was ultimately able to escape then ran out into traffic along 6 Avenue South to get help. Multiple vehicles drove past her before a taxi finally stopped and transported her to the police station. EMS were subsequently called and she was taken to hospital for treatment of serious head and facial injuries.

A news release was issued at the time asking witnesses or anyone who had driven past the woman to come forward and while police received a number of tips and identified a person of interest, that individual has now been ruled out as a suspect.

A composite sketch is included for release. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 25-35 years old, 5’9” to 5’11”, 165-175 lbs. with an average build. He was clean shaven, with short, dark hair and was well-dressed wearing a white or light-coloured zip-up coat with distinctive stripes down the sleeves.

Police are urging anyone with information, who hasn’t previously been in touch, to come forward. If you were in the area March 18 between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., if you saw anyone matching the suspect’s description, recognize the person in the sketch or have any other information – no matter how insignificant it may seem – please call 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.