Man who attacked woman on Hamilton’s West Mountain yet to be identified

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Published June 6, 2024 at 6:42 pm

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Hamilton police continue the search to identify and locate a man they believed is connected to an assault on a woman on West Mountain almost two years ago. HP PHOTO

The public’s assistance is urgently being requested in helping identify a man believed to be connected to an assault that happened on Hamilton’s West Mountain almost two years ago.

Hamilton Police continue to investigate the July 2022 attack and are hoping someone will step forward to help them identify the suspect in the video and pictured above.

A woman walking in the area of Upper Paradise and Donnici Drive on July 13, 2022 around 9:30 a.m. was approached by an unknown male and dragged off the trail.

The male proceeded to assault her but was interrupted by witnesses walking by the area. The man would flee on foot southbound towards Upper Paradise and he was later seen on video in the area of Edgehill Drive.

Despite numerous tips and leads, investigators have yet to identify or located this individual.

“We are asking the public once again to be vigilant and report any sightings or information related to this suspect,” said investigators.

The suspect is described as a five-foot-eight to five-foot-10 tall black male between the ages of 18 and 24. He is believed to be approximately 175 pounds with a lean athletic build and has short, black curly hair on top with short/shaved sides.

He was wearing a navy V-neck blue t-shirt with black or dark coloured jogging pants and white socks. He had grey casual/running shoes on with a white emblem and was sporting a black cross body bag.

The suspect also had a black sweater/jacket tied around his waist or was possibly carrying one. He also had on a black medical mask worn up and underneath his mouth/chin.

With spring here and the usage of the trail system expected to increase, police are encouraging residents to take the following safety measures:

  • Walk or run with a partner when possible
  • Inform someone of your route and estimated return time
  • Avoid poorly lit paths or walking/running after dark
  • Stick to populated areas when alone
  • Carry a cell phone or personal alarm device
  • Avoid using headphones while walking/running
  • Be loud and shout for help if confronted
  • Ensure residential doors are locked and exterior lights are on at night

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jennifer Currie at 905-546-4962 or Detective Constable Benjamin Kingdon at 905-540-5543.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com.

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