Whistler RCMP is investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault in the village area.
Sgt. Rob. Knapton of Whistler RCMP said in a release that a woman had been walking home from a nightclub at around 2 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.
“We received a report from the victim who was walking home from a local nightclub when the incident happened,” Sgt. Knapton said.
“While walking on a short path in the area of Whistler Way and Village Gate she encountered a male who grabbed her and pulled her into a ditch.”
While in the ditch the man attempted to sexually assault the woman, but she was able to fight back and escape.
RCMP officers arrived on the scene and seized several pieces of evidence with the assistance of a police dog, and are still looking for the suspect.
He is described as an Indo-Canadian male, approximately 6-feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a khaki-coloured jacket, possibly a hoodie and may have some scratches or bruises from when the victim fought back.
In an interview, Sgt. Knapton said the public should always be vigilant when walking home at night, keeping in mind their surroundings and environment.
"Sometimes a slightly longer route provides more safety due to lighting and number of people that are around," he said.
"The other message I would like to get out is that when someone is a victim of a crime they should contact police as soon as possible to report it. In this incident the matter was reported to a friend who attended to the scene prior to reporting to police. This delays our response and can creates challenges with further investigation. The sooner we are involved, the better."
Anyone with information can contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).