Waterloo Region police are asking the public for help to identify a man wanted in connection with an early morning assault last weekend.

The incident happened around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 in the area of Fischer-Hallman Road and Cotton Grass Road.

Police say a male approached an 18-year-old female who was on her way to work and asked for a cigarette.

He then lured her into a wooded area behind the busy Williamsburg Plaza and attempted to threaten and assault her.

“He indicated there were some people nearby in the woods who needed some help and would she assist,” says Waterloo Region police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel.

She went with him reluctantly, but found there was nobody there.

“Once they were alone he threatened her and made inappropriate comments to her of a sexual nature,” Heinzel adds.

The woman was able to flee and was not injured.

The male is described as between 26 and 30-years-old, 6’1” tall with an athletic build, short hair, blue-grey eyes and a couple of days’ worth of stubble.

He was wearing jeans and a plaid shirt that was white with black stripes.

Police say they don’t know of any other victims, but that it’s common to hear from more people once visual information is released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 619-653-7700 Ext. 4499 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.