Partially clad man gropes cyclist in Rutland

Case bears similarities to other groping incidents, but police haven't yet confirmed a link.

Police are looking for a man who was partially clad when he sexually touched a woman as she was cycling to work early Sunday morning.

Just before 5 a.m., the woman was riding along Highway 33 near Franklyn Road when a man she didn’t know ran up behind her and groped her, said Const. Steve Holmes.

“She stopped her bike and pushed him away, at which point he ran back down Highway 33 towards Gerstmar Road,” said Holmes. “The victim was not injured but was shaken up.”

The man, described as Caucasian and in his 20s to 30s, was clean shaven and naked from the waist down.

He was wearing only a grey hoodie that covered his face, and stood approximately five foot four inches to five foot five inches tall.

“Though this occurrence has similarities to four other groping incidents, which go back to July 2010, police have not yet confirmed a link,” said Holmes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.