Police continue to ask for tips as they look for a man wanted in connection with an attack on a woman in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., on Friday.
In a news release issued late Friday night, the RCMP said a warrant has been issued for the arrest of 45-year-old Jason Trevor Hipson of Fort Saskatchewan.
They said he is believed to be in Strathcona County but he may have been travelling to Edmonton or a nearby community Friday night.
“Hipson should not be approached as he may be a harm to himself or others,” the RCMP said.
Police said they are investigating after a woman was allegedly confined in a home for approximately eight hours on Friday. She was reportedly assaulted during the ordeal which only ended when someone showed up at the home and saw what was happening.
The RCMP said they believe the man behind the assault then left the scene in the woman’s vehicle before leaving it in Sherwood Park, Alta., where Mounties later found it.
The victim was treated by paramedics and then taken to hospital with what RCMP described as “significant injuries” to her entire body.
In an updated news release late Sunday night, police said the victim is a woman in her early 50s.
Police said Hipson is facing charges that include aggravated assault, using a weapon during the commission of a sexual assault, forcible confinement, overcoming resistance to commit an indictable offence (choke, strangle or suffocate), overcoming resistance to commit an indictable offence (administer overpowering drug) and vehicle theft.
The RCMP said Hipson was convicted between 2005 and 2007 in Yarmouth, N.S., of robbery, use of imitation firearms, break and enter, sexual interference and sexual assault. The RCMP did not go into detail about what incident(s) the charges stemmed from.
“The RCMP is issuing this information and warning after careful deliberation and consideration of all related issues, including privacy concerns, in the belief that it is clearly in the public interest to inform the members of the community of these convictions,” the RCMP said in a news release. “Hipson being at large for these new charges is a public safety concern to all.
“Members of the public are advised that the intent of sharing this information is so that the public will take suitable precautionary measures and not to embark on any form of vigilante action. Anyone believing that a crime has been or is about to be committed is encouraged to call police.”
Police also provided media with a new photo of Hipson on Sunday, which can be seen at the top of this story.
Hipson may be seeking alternate modes of travel or attempting to hitch hike, according to police.
The RCMP said its air service and police dog service are assisting with the search for Hipson.
He is described as being five-foot-three and 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
As of Monday night, Hipson was still wanted by police.
Anyone with information on Hipson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP at 780-997-7900. Tips can also be anonymously submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or contacting them online at http://www.P3Tips.com.