Halifax Regional Police has released the sketch of a man they say sexually assaulted a woman last month in the city’s south end.

Police say the 4 a.m. assault on Sunday, Feb. 7 happened as the 20-year-old victim and her friend were walking home in the area of Queen and Morris streets. Police say a man reached under the victim’s skirt and touched her when he approached them.

When confronted by the victim, police say the suspect produced a small pipe-like object and threatened both women.

Police say the suspect was scared off when an unknown man approached from the area of Morris Street. Neither woman was injured.

A few days after the incident, police issued a warning to the public to be aware this incident took place.

“At this point, we don’t have any information of any other incidents,” police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said of the suspect.

“What we’re trying to do is identify him in regards to this matter, and once we identify him, that may lead to other things.”

Police describe the suspect as white, about 26 years old and 170 pounds with a round face, scruffy hair and an athletic build. He was wearing a black stocking or toque-style hat, blue jeans and a black fall jacket.

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