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Kelowna woman assaulted awaiting bus

Kelowna cops are looking for the man who allegedly assaulted a 56-year-old woman as she waited for her bus.

The Kelowna RCMP received a report of an assault that had just occurred at a bus stop located near Centennial Park on the 100 block of Rutland Road North, April 30  at 7:13 p.m.

"A 56-year-old Kelowna woman was seated on the bench and waiting for a bus when she encountered a man with a large dog," said Const. Kris Clark.

"The man's dog apparently jumped up on her lap, frightening the woman. The man then accused her of kicking his dog and yelled at her before spitting in her face. The woman stood up to confront the man but he proceeded to push her to the ground."

Witnesses at the scene immediately called police and provided first aid assistance to the victim who sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the attack. She was transported to the hospital and later released.

The suspect, who was accompanied by a young male, fled the scene on foot.

The suspect is described as:

•    Caucasian male;

•    approximately 30 years of age;

•    approximately 5-foot-8 in (172 cm);

•    brown hair, spiked in a Mohawk;

•    brown goatee;

•    heavy set with a muscular build;

•    wearing a green tank top with blue and white lettering on the front, and a black & white bandana;

•    carrying a jerry can for gasoline;

•    walking a large dog;

Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect and are also looking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the assault.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Const. Bizier or Const. O'Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP at 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.

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