Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect after an eight-year-old girl was allegedly assaulted outside a Halifax school.

Police responded to Duc D’Anville Elementary School on Clayton Park Drive around 2:50 p.m. Monday.

They say the girl had been outside by a wooded area for her physical education class when she was grabbed from behind and pushed to the ground by a man unknown to her.

“They were actually playing hide and seek near a wooded area by the school when a stranger approached her, grabbed her from behind and pushed her to the ground,” says Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Theresa Rath.

Police say the man fled on foot when the girl’s teacher and fellow students started to call her name.

The girl wasn’t injured and she reported the incident to school staff.

The suspect is described as a man with dark brown skin and short brown hair. He is five-foot-ten inches tall and was wearing a black winter jacket and black pants at the time of the incident.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident or suspect to contact them.