For Immediate release:

Hamilton Police are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a suspect responsible for a sexual assault on a sex trade worker

The Hamilton Police Service Victims of Crime Unit is seeking the public's assistance to identify a suspect that sexually assaulted a sex trade worker in Hamilton on February 19, 2017.

In addition the Hamilton Police Service believes it’s important to let the community know about this incident should the suspect be intentionally targeting individuals working within the sex trade. 

On February 19th, 2017 at around 9:30pm, an unknown male suspect approached a female adult victim who was standing alone on Barton Street near Birch Avenue in Hamilton while working in the sex trade. The victim and the suspect walked to a secluded area a few blocks away, where she was physically attacked and sexually assaulted by the unknown man.   

The suspect is described as:

Male, dark complexion, late 20’s to early 30’s, 5’6” to 5’7”, with a heavy build, short black hair and black scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a grey/black hooded sweatshirt and a black baseball cap.

Anyone with information about this incident and is asked to contact Detective Candace Culp of the Sexual Assault Unit at (905) 540-5545. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit tips and information online

There is no guaranteed way to prevent a sexual assault. Sharing the details of this assault is intended to provide the community information, and people are encouraged to trust their instincts. For confidential support, please call the Sexual Assault Centre's 24-hour support line at 905-525-4162 or connect at, or the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at


Media Inquiries:

D/Sgt. Dave Dunbar

Victims of Crime Unit

(905) 546-4962


Posted By Constable Steve Welton Hamilton Police Service Media Relations Officer