Edmonton police have released a sketch of a suspect who may be responsible for seven recent assaults on women in southeast Edmonton.

"I encourage anyone with information about the identity of this person to come forward to police. Small details that you think may be insignificant could actually be very helpful in our investigation," said Det. Rob Chan with the Edmonton Police Service.

Police are trying to solve seven apparently random assaults – that appear to have started in March.

The incidents occurred between March 18 and April 29, 2012 – all of them took place between 84 Avenue and 64 Avenue, and between 117 Street and 85 Street.

The most recent assault occurred on April 29th at 3 a.m. in the area of 79 Avenue and 107 Street.

Police said the woman targeted was grabbed, and choked by the suspect before managing to break away from her attacker.

Officials say in all of the cases, the suspect has assaulted the woman from behind while she walks alone late at night. Age does not appear to play a factor in the assaults, as the complainants range in age from 20 to 60 years old.

Police describe the suspect as:

  • Male
  • Between 162 cm (5'4") and 183 cm (6') tall
  • About 68 kg (150 lbs.) in weight
  • Slim build
  • He has reportedly worn blue jeans, and could be wearing a white, black or gray hoodie

Anyone with information that could help identify the suspect is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567.