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Kelowna: Teenage girl assaulted in the street

A sixteen-year-old girl was assaulted in Rutland Wednesday evening by an unknown man while waiting for a friend.

Police received a call at 8:40 p.m. stating a teen girl had been waiting for a friend on Hollywood Road North near Highway 33 when a man approached her and struck up a conversation. He proceeded to put out his hand, by way of introduction, and when she responded, he forced her hand down onto his genitals.

"The girl fled from the man, who may have followed her a short distance," said Const. Kris Clark in a statement released this morning. "She escaped otherwise unharmed."

Clark said this form of assault is rare, noting the vast majority of sexual assaults include the assailant touching the victim, not the victim being forced to touch the assailant.

The suspect is described as having dark skin, possibly Hispanic, and approximately five-foot, five-inches tall to five-foot-seven inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has short black hair, speaks with broken English and possibly a Spanish accent. He wore a black jacket with a white stripe on the back and keys on his waistline.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, reporting online at www.crimestoppers.net or texting to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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