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Police release sketch of suspect in daylight armed sex assault of teen in Aurora

Last Updated Jun 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm EDT

York regional police have released a composite sketch of a suspect after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted by a man brandishing a handgun in Aurora on Monday.

The girl, who police described as a “young teen,” was walking in the trails west of John West Way at 11:50 a.m. when she was approached by a stranger.

“She was alone and she was approached by a male who was unknown to her,” Det.-Sgt. Simon James explained during an update on Wednesday. “The male tried to briefly engage her in conversation. She continued to walk and shortly after that she was assaulted and sexually assaulted.”

Police said the suspect used the handgun to assault the teen, but the weapon wasn’t fired.

She was treated for minor injuries.

James said the victim may have come in contact with a jogger shortly after the attack, and police want to speak to that person.

“There is some indication that there may have been a male jogger that may have interacted with our victim shortly after the offense occurred,” he said. “He’s described as a male in his mid to late 50s, Asian, wearing all black as well. If he’s out there we would love to speak to him.”

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s with light-brown skin and a thin build. He was wearing a black shirt, black pants and a red baseball cap.

“Please seek legal advice and turn yourself in,” James advised.

“You’ll notice a large police presence in the area today and that’s going to continue most likely for the next few days as investigators are out canvassing and obtaining video evidence in the area.”

James said at this point there’s no indication that the attack is linked to any other attacks.

“We look at all cases, but right now, no, we don’t have a linkage to any other cases.”

He reminded people using the trail system to remain vigilant.

“This is a very populated trail, but be aware of your surroundings as you’re walking on these trails, and if you see something (suspicious) call us immediately.”