Woman dragged from street

A woman was attacked south of downtown Kelowna Friday night, and police continue to look for the suspect.

The attack occurred just before midnight in the area of Richter Street and Elliot Avenue, after a man had been following the woman for several blocks.

Police say the man “spoke casually” to the woman for some time, and the woman says she did not initially feel threatened.

“That changed quickly, when the suspect allegedly chased after the female, tackled her and dragged onto a property located in the 2000 block of Richter Street,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP.

The woman managed to free herself and fled the area, but the man gave chase.

“It was very fortunate that a passing motorist stopped to assist when he observed the victim being chased by her alleged attacker,” Cpl. O'Donaghey said. “The suspect fled the area on foot, after the woman jumped into the Good Samaritan’s vehicle.”

The woman sustained minor physical injuries in the assault.

She was taken to the RCMP detachment, and police searched the area, but the attacker was not found.

Police describe the attacker as a Caucasian male, who is possibly part Filipino, in his early 20s with a medium build and shoulder-length brown and black hair.

He was wearing dark-coloured clothing and riding a skateboard, which was located nearby.

Investigators are asking the public to review any surveillance footage they may have along Lawrence Avenue, as well as Richter Street to Cadder Avenue.

Anyone with information can contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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