RCMP seek man after girl allegedly grabbed, pulled down path in Cole Harbour

The RCMP are looking for a suspect who allegedly grabbed a 13-year-old girl and pulled her down a walking path in Cole Harbour, N.S.

The girl told police she was walking south on John Stewart Drive near the corner of Inglewood Crescent just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday when she was grabbed from behind and pulled by the arm onto a walking path near the woods.

“The young girl was able to break free and ran from the scene and ran home and tell her parents at which time they called RCMP,” said Cpl. Dal Hutchinson of the Cole Harbour RCMP.

The teen wasn’t injured.

Police were canvassing the neighbourhood Friday and residents are concerned about what‘s happened in their community.

“I‘m very shocked,” said  Anne-Marie Williams. “We use this trail a lot – two three times a week.”

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, with dark hair shaved on both sides and a brush cut on top. He is roughly five-foot-ten inches tall with a lean build.  He was wearing black sneakers, blue jeans, and a teal-coloured shirt with three buttons.

Police are asking anyone who might have been in the area at the time to them. They are especially hoping to speak with a woman who the teen says was walking her German Shepherd in the area before the alleged incident.

Anyone with information is asked to the RCMP.

Police are also warning residents to be alert and aware of their surroundings and walk in pairs.

“In any situation like this, make as much noise as possible by yelling, screaming, hollering, trying to get the attention of others in the area,” Hutchinson said.a

With files from Marie Adsett.