(Composite sketch/Sooke RCMP)

Sooke RCMP have released a composite sketch of a suspect who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman near the Sooke River last month.

The incident occurred at around 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 29th in the area of Phillips Rd and Sunriver Way in Sooke.

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The woman was walking on Sunriver Way when she noticed an unknown man behind her. She lost sight of him for a while but then encountered him again on a path by Sooke River.

He then reportedly spoke to her, pulled out a weapon, and then sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to escape by fighting him and then running away from the area.

Police are now searching for the suspect who is described as either a tanned Caucasian man or a person of colour, standing approximately 5’10” tall and weighing around 180-200 lbs.

He had short-to-medium length dark untidy hair, a full dark beard, yellowing teeth and brown eyes. At the time of the assault, he was wearing a dark hoodie without drawstrings, dark blue jeans, and running shoes.

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Police have now released a composite sketch of the suspect in hopes that someone may identify him.

If you have information about this incident, reach out to Sooke RCMP at (250) 642-5241.