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Police release video of suspect in assault on woman in Markham

Victim was dragged between two houses before suspect was scared off by lights, dog walker, police say
Image of suspect in attack on woman in Markham.

York Regional Police have released images today of the suspect wanted in connection with the assault of a woman, who was grabbed and dragged between two houses in Markham Wednesday.

Investigators with the York Regional Police special victims unit – sexual assault section are now releasing photographs and a video to help identify the man. 

Police say on Feb. 1 between 8 and 8:30 p.m., an adult female victim was walking through an alleyway, from McCowan Road toward Woodhall Road. 

Police say a man grabbed the victim and forcefully dragged her between two houses. 

Motion-censor lights between the houses, as well as a person approaching while walking a dog may have scared off the man, police say.

Police continue to search for the potential witness who was walking a dog in the area of the alley and Woodhall Road at that hour.

Investigators are releasing an image of the suspect and are asking that anyone who can identify him to come forward. 

The suspect is urged to contact legal counsel and turn himself in, York Regional Police said in a news release.

The suspect is described as: male; 5 feet 10 inches, medium build; and wearing a dark-coloured coat, hat gloves and boots and light-colour pants 

Investigators are also seeking any video surveillance from the area or anyone who may have captured dashcam video on the roadways. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at