West Shore: A woman in her early 20’s was sexually assaulted by an unknown man on the Galloping Goose Trail in Langford, BC. on June 26.

The woman was walking alone on Jacklin Road at around 2:00 am, when she was grabbed by an unknown man. The woman attempted to fight off her attacker, but was overpowered and dragged approximately 100 metres down the Galloping Goose Trail, where she was sexually assaulted.

Following the attack, the woman was able to flee the area on foot, and flag down a passing motorist on Jacklin Road for assistance. Police were notified immediately, and flooded the area. A Police Service Dog was part of the initial response, yet despite their efforts, the suspect was not located. The victim attended a local hospital for medical care and was released several hours later.

This crime is a priority investigation for my officers, and we are doing everything possible to identify the man responsible for this assault, states Inspector Larry Chomyn, the Officer in Charge of the West Shore RCMP. In the meantime, we are urging walkers and trail users throughout the region to be extra aware of their surroundings, travel in pairs or groups, and whenever possible, use well lit routes in populated areas after dark.

The area where this crime occurred remains under examination by RCMP Forensic Identification officers and the West Shore RCMP Serious Crime Unit.

Investigators urge anyone who may have witnessed a man matching the suspect description in the Jacklin Road area in the evening hours of June 25th to early morning hours of June 26th, to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264, or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

No additional details about the victim will be provided, to protect her identity and privacy.