Mounties are warning a violent sexual assault suspect may have fled to Edmonton to evade arrest.

Red Deer RCMP put out an urgent public appeal yesterday, in an effort to locate 25-year-old Jesse Towes, a man suspected in the violent sexual assault and robbery of an elderly woman in July.

The woman was walking in a wooded area on the night of June 29, when a man grabbed her from behind, dragged her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Towes, who sometimes goes by the name Jesse Cave, is six feet tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a slim build.