Woman assaulted at bus stop, suspect at large

Image Credit: Contributed/RCMP

KELOWNA - Police are hunting for a man who allegedly assaulted a woman at a bus stop in Rutland last week.

The assault happened just after 7 p.m April 30 near Centennial Park in the 100 block of Rutland Road north. The 56-year-old woman was seated on the bench waiting for a bus to arrive when a man with a large dog approached. The dog jumped onto the woman's lap, frightening her.

Witnesses told police the man accused the woman of kicking his dog and yelled at her before spitting in her face. When the woman stood up to confront the man, he allegedly pushed her to the ground. The man, and a younger man he was with, fled on foot.

Witnesses called police and tended to the woman's non-life-threatening injuries received during the alleged altercation. She was taken to hospital and released.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, about 30 years old, and approximately 5'8" with a muscular, heavy set build. His brown hair was spiked and he had a brown goatee. He was wearing a green tank top with blue and white lettering on the front and a black and white bandana. He was carrying a jerry can for gasoline.

Police want anyone who can identify the suspect or who witnessed the assault to step forward and contact Const. Bizier or Const. O'Donaghey at the Kelowna RCMP detachment, 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

Image Credit: Contributed/RCMP

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