Woman assaulted on morning commute

OTTAWA – A Friday morning commute turned dangerous for an Ottawa woman assaulted on her way to work.

“The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) West Criminal Investigations Section is investigating after a woman was assaulted Friday morning (Aug. 2) as she commuted to work,” the OPS released in a statement Aug. 2.

“The incident happened at about 9 a.m. as the woman walked westbound on the NCC trail near the OC Transpo Dominion Station,” the OPS said. “She was grabbed from behind and forced to the ground by an unknown man. He kept one hand over her mouth as he held her down on the ground. No demands were made but at one point he said, ‘made a mistake and got the wrong person.’”

The suspect fled towards Dominion Station. While shaken, the woman did not need medical attention.

The suspect is described as an English-speaking white male in his 50s, short, with a grey moustache, wearing a dark blue baseball cap, black track pants and a blue or black hoodie with the word ‘adidas’ printed across the front.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service West Criminal Investigations Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 2666. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.