On May 26th, 2022, at approximately 5:30pm Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers assigned to 3 District (Welland / Pelham) responded to the area of Merritt Island, located near Welland City Hall at 60 East Main Street, in the City of Welland for a sexual assault that just occurred.
Upon arrival, officers located the victim who indicated she was sitting alone when approached by a male operating a mobility scooter. Subsequently, an alleged interaction constituting sexual assault took place. The victim sustained no physical injuries.
Detectives assigned to the NRPS Sexual Assault Unit have assumed carriage of the investigation. Following investigation, detectives are now appealing to members of the public for assistance identifying the suspect.
The suspect, who was operating a blue mobility scooter is described as follows:
– 50 to 60 years
– Short white/grey hair
– Short white/grey facial hair
– Heavy set build
– Large scar on left knee
– Wearing a dark navy baseball hat, white t-shirt, tan cargo shorts, white shoes
The victim and suspect were not known to one and another. Detectives believe this to be an isolated incident and there is no known threat to public safety.
Anyone who may have information in relation to this incident is encouraged to contact the lead detective at 905-688-4111, option #3, extension #1009450.
Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.