Scumbag hunted after 80-year-old sexually assaulted in Mississauga

MISSISSAUGA — He was lurking around the trails as if he was out for a scenic walk.

But this creep likely didn’t realize people took note of his presence and that his sexual assault of an 80-year-old woman may have been caught on camera.

“Detectives are at work canvassing the area for video,” Peel Regional Police Const. Bancroft Wright said Tuesday.

And regulars along Sawmill Valley Trail, near Burnhamthorpe Rd. and Folkway Dr., were comparing notes.

“I saw him and what stood out was the grey cap he was wearing,” said one man named George. “It wasn’t a baseball cap but a (patrol-style) hat.”

This area may look like it’s in the bush, but the picturesque trail is part of a neighbourhood with many homes backing on to it. Some homeowners have strategically-placed security cameras — not just for prowlers, but to capture images of coyote, deer, foxes and other wildlife.

This trail is beloved in Mississauga. By day, it’s teeming with runners, cyclists, families headed to the playground or soccer field, and others feeding ducks or fish along a stream that meanders through the area.

This attack was in the middle of a bright, warm spring afternoon — 2 p.m. Monday. The senior was walking along a trail when “an unknown suspect sexually assaulted the victim, while performing an indecent act,” police said in a press release.

The wanted scumbag is described as white, 25-30 years old, and about 5-foot-7 with a medium build and short dark blonde hair. He was wearing long pants, a grey or green jacket and that grey cap.

This is a serious assault that traumatized the elderly woman and terrified a neighbourhood.

“I am shocked,” said neighbour Alexandra Petrov. “I have always felt safe here.”

In recent times, graffiti tagging as become more noticeable and used condoms are sometimes discarded. Much to the chagrin of regular ravine walkers, the City of Mississauga removed a lot of the wooden benches where seniors or moms with tots could sit, rest and take in the beauty. The reason was that groups of teens would congregate at night, smoke marijuana, drink and make noise that disrupted the tranquility of residents’ home life.

But a sexual assault is something new for this trail and has people upset.

“I don’t recall putting out another news release like it,” Wright said.

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