The Edmonton Police Service is asking the public for advice after someone approached a woman while walking along a sidewalk over the weekend, leading to her being ordered to remove her clothes at gunpoint.
Police said officers were called to 86 Street and 93 Avenue around 7:20 p.m. Saturday. Once they arrived, they were told that someone approached a 26-year-old woman on a sidewalk and “then reached into a plastic bag and pulled out a gun.”
“He then ordered (the victim) to walk between two nearby residences, where he ordered her to hand over her purse,” police said in a press release issued Wednesday. “After rummaging through her purse, the male suspect demanded that she remove her jacket, shirt and bra.
“The woman then screamed, prompting her attacker to flee the scene on foot.”
EPS said they called their canine unit to help search for the suspect, but he was not found.
“Subsequently, the officers searched the area for surveillance in the area,” police said.
While police did not say how old the suspect is believed to be, they said he is around 5-foot-11 and slim. He was wearing a dark beanie, a black hoodie, gray sweatpants, and black shoes.
Anyone living near or driving near where the attack took place Saturday night is asked to review security video footage of their home or dash cam video footage for possible footage. of the suspect.
Anyone with information that could help the police with their investigation should call EPS at 780-423-4567 or 377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at http://www.p3tips.com/250.
The EPS said its sexual assault section is leading the investigation.
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