Police confirm Agricola Street sex assault was random

Police have released more information after a woman was sexually assaulted on Agricola Street early Wednesday morning in an apparent random attack.

Police asking anyone in area around 2 a.m. Wednesday with information to contact them

Police have released more information after a woman was sexually assaulted on Agricola Street early Wednesday morning.

Police spokesperson Theresa Rath said the assault appears to be random and that if anyone saw anything related to the attack Wednesday morning, they should contact police immediately.

"It's very concerning, we don't see sexual assaults like this very often, we don't see assaults like this often so we are really imploring the public to come forward. No piece of information is too small," she said.  

"If anyone heard or saw anything out of the ordinary yesterday morning between 1:50 and 2:05, 2:15, we'd really like to speak with them."

A 21-year-old woman was walking south on Agricola Street between West and Cunard streets around 2 a.m. Wednesday when she neared a lone man standing on the sidewalk, said Rath.

The man called out to her and asked if she wanted him to call her a taxi. She was lured into a laneway between Sarah and Woodill Streets where the man pushed her up against the wall of a building and raped her, Rath said.

"Based on the investigation to this point, our investigators do believe he lured her by calling out to her and saying that he would call her a cab, it's very disconcerting," said Rath.

The woman was able to break free from the man and ran away. She made her way home then went to the QEII Hospital where she was treated and released.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 24 years old, five feet 10 inches tall, with light-brown hair and some scruff on his face, wearing jeans and a black jacket.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

"At this point our investigation is ongoing, we have yet to identify the suspect. We do really need the public's assistance, we need them to come forward. We are doing a canvass of the neighbourhood," said Rath.  

"No information is too small. Something might help us to identify the suspect and bring him before the courts. This type of crime is very alarming. We are asking for the public's assistance. We do need to identify this person."