Suspect in North Battleford sexual assault

This is a composite sketch released by the RCMP of the suspect in an early Saturday morning attack on a North Battleford woman. (RCMP)

The RCMP in North Battleford, Sask., are praising a woman for her resourcefulness after she used a car alarm to scare off the man attacking her early Saturday morning.

The confrontation happened at around 1 a.m. CST in front of the woman's home on Gregory Drive.

The woman was just about to open her front door when a man armed with a knife came at her.

Police say they believe the intent was to sexually assault her.

'She showed a lot of poise in what is an extremely concerning situation.'- Sgt. Neil Tremblay

After a brief struggle with her attacker, the woman pulled out her key fob and activated her car alarm.

Moments after the loud whooping noise began, the suspect fled. 

Sgt. Neil Tremblay had praise for the victim, saying that making a lot of noise is exactly the right thing to do when under threat of a sexual assault.

But using a car alarm is something Tremblay said he hadn't encountered before.

"She showed a lot of poise in what is an extremely concerning situation," he said.

The woman was checked out at the hospital, but avoided serious physical harm, he said.

The suspect is described as young man with dyed blond hair down to the bottom of his neck. He also had several silver hoop earrings.

He was wearing a black toque, a long coat, and dark clothing. 

Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident or the suspect to contact them at 306-446-1720 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.