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Nanaimo RCMP are searching for a suspect after  a 19-year-old woman was grabbed from behind then groped by an unknown male.

The incident happened around 5 a.m. on Sunday near the Days Inn on Nicol Street.

The woman was walking to work listening to music with her earbuds in. As she passed the hotel, she heard a noise behind her in some nearby bushes. Before she could turn, a male appeared, grabbed her then fondled her. She fought back, broke free of his grasp then ran in the opposite direction.

While shaken by the ordeal, she was not injured.

The suspect is described as a white male, 30-40 years old standing about 5’8″ with a medium build. He had short dark hair, cut army style, greying on the sides.

At the time of the incident, he was wearing black or dark long sleeve jersey with a stripe at the cuff, long pants, and white runners

If you have any information on this attack, you are asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.