A 72-year-old woman chased off her would-be attacker with a piece of wood in a city park Saturday.

Edmonton Police say officers were called to a park near 133 Avenue and 89A Street shortly after 9 a.m. Friday following a complaint of an attempted sexual assault.

A 72-year-old woman had been walking alone in the park when an unknown man approached her from behind.


He attempted to reach around the front of the woman and grab her groin area, but she saw him and turned at the last minute. Upset, the woman chased her would-be attacker away using a piece of wood she had found laying on the ground.

The suspect fled the area on foot, and the woman called police. She was not injured.

Officers searched the area, but did not find anyone matching the suspect’s description.

He is described as a white man in his mid-20s, 5’9” to 5’10” tall with an average build and medium length blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a heavy black winter jacket, and light grey or white track pants.

Anyone with information about this is asked to call police at 780-423-4567.

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