Halifax Regional Police are looking for a man believed to be in his early 20s after a female was allegedly assaulted in a washroom at Park Lane Mall on Spring Garden Road Monday night.

Police say a man armed with an unidentified metal object assaulted the victim after she entered the women's washroom on the food court level at 8:15 p.m. It was reported the man was waiting inside the washroom before attacking the victim.

“She was approached by the man and he started to assault her,” police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter told Metro yesterday. “She ended up yelling and screaming, which frightened him off."


The man fled the scene, fleeing a security guard who was unable to stop the suspect. The victim was not hurt and police searched the area with negative results.

Cindy Samson, a worker at A&W in the mall food court, told ATV she heard "like a blood-hurling scream coming from the washroom area" at the time of the attack.

"She had her hands over her face crying, and then took her hands down, and I couldn't see any marks or anything like that," Samson said of how she looked after the incident. "She just looked very visibly upset."

Police describe the suspect as a black man, possibly in his early 20s, with short black hair and a slight goatee. They say the suspect is also about six feet tall and 160 pounds.

“There is mall video and we are working to obtain it from them,” Palmeter said of Park Lane management. “We’ll then go from there and follow up with that.”
- with files from The Canadian Press

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