Attacker arrested

A sketched photo of the alleged perpetrator (Courtesy of Waterloo Regional Police)
A sketched photo of the alleged perpetrator (Courtesy of Waterloo Regional Police)

Waterloo Regional Police have made an arrest in connection with a sexual assault reported last week.

Wednesday evening at approximately 9:30 p.m. a 19-year-old female was assaulted by an unknown male on Albert St.between Columbia St. W.and Parkside Drive in Waterloo.

“The victim managed to escape and suffered no injuries,” said John Goodman, a staff sergeant of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. “The suspect in this case was described as a male, tanned complexion, with salt and pepper hair and medium built.”

The alleged perpetrator was arrested on Sunday. Waterloo Regional Police cannot release his name at the time.

This is not the first assault case reported since the beginning of the school year. Just two weeks ago, an 18-year-old female was sexually assaulted just outside Wilfrid Laurier University’s campus on the corner of Regina St. and University Ave East.

As always, police are urging students to take precautions.

“We’re asking that [students] travel with a friend, be aware of your surroundings,” Goodman said. “Report any suspicious behavior or people if they are around your buildings of residences.”

While in this assault case, the perpetrator is under custody, Waterloo Regional Police still strongly suggests that students — especially female students — be mindful at nighttime.

This assault comes less than a week after the annual Take Back the Night march took place, an event that advocates for an end to gendered violence.

Students who witness any unusual behavior or suspicious characters are encouraged to report the activity as soon as possible to Waterloo Regional Police or Special Constable Services.

“Ultimately preventing these incidences before they can occur,” Goodman said.

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