Stettler RCMP are appealing for information which could help their continuing their investigation into a violent assault reported occurring on Secondary Highway 601 around noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
RCMP said in a statement that a witness, who encountered the incident, reported seeing a younger female subject being violently assaulted and hit repeatedly outside a stationary vehicle stopped along the highway.
“The assailant, a male individual, is described to be in his late 20s with light complexion, light brown hair with a goatee, and wearing a black hoodie with white markings on it,” the statement said.
Although the assailant was earlier reported to have fired a shot at the witness before fleeing the scene, in a subsequent statement the RCMP said that information was no longer “reliable”.
“Details resulting in this conclusion can not be disclosed at this time. Charges are pending in relation to this aspect of the investigation,” an RCMP statement said.
“Police believe this female may be in grave danger, and it is critical to locate her to ensure her safety and well being. It is believed the female suffered injuries to her face and head as a result of the assault. The female is not a suspect in any crime at this time.”
“RCMP are continuing their efforts to identify and speak with the possible victim of the alleged assault,” the statement said.
The vehicle the male suspect was operating is described by the RCMP as a newer model two-door Dodge Challenger or a similar styled vehicle and dark red in colour.
Indicating the seriousness with which the RCMP are treating the incident, a composite artist’s sketch of the alleged victim was released alongside the RCMP press statement.
If anyone has any information that would assist in this investigation, please call your local police or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, Stettler RCMP at 403 742 3382 or send an email to www.tipsubmit.com.