Woman struck and sexually assaulted on Bruce Trail, police searching for suspect

The attack happened Wednesday afternoon in the area of the Dundurn stairs.

The woman was treated at a hospital then released, say investigators

Hamilton police are searching for a male suspect after a woman was reportedly stuck and sexually assaulted near the Dundurn Stairs Wednesday. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Hamilton police are searching for a suspect after a woman was "struck with an object" before being sexually assaulted on the Bruce Trail.

The woman was jogging near the Dundurn Stairs around 4 p.m. Wednesday when she heard the man calling out, police say. She stopped, was struck, then assaulted.

Police say the woman was injured in the attack, but was treated at a hospital and has been released.

Police say they're only aware of one attack on the trail at this time.

"We urge anyone who has witnesses something even similar to contact police," said Const. Jerome Stewart. "We want people to feel safe in this city."

It's still early in the investigation, but Stewart said police expect to release more information as they move forward.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the assault to contact Det. John Tselepakis at (905) 540-5545 or Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477.