Authorities are asking the public for help identifying a suspect who allegedly grabbed and sexually assaulted a teenage girl walking home.

RCMP officers in Thompson are looking to identify a man they say is a suspect in a sexual assault on Monday that sent a 16-year-old girl to the hospital.

Police say the teen was walking home on a trail near the Deerwood Park area leading to Lynx Crescent at around 9:30 p.m. when she was grabbed and assaulted. The teen was injured and was sent to the hospital.

"RCMP have no other reports of sexual assault in this area, but do caution the public to avoid walking on the trails alone, if possible; walk without headphones so you are aware of your surroundings; and if you are confronted, be loud and yell for help," they say in a statement.

He is 5’8 tall, of an average weight, and Indigenous. The suspect has thin eyebrows, a crooked nose, and a short beard. At the time of the assault, he was wearing a black Nike sweater, black pants, black Air Force 1 sneakers, a black tuque, and a black medical mask around his neck.

Those with information are being asked to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or give a secure tip online.