He approached a woman in the car park of a supermarket in the city at 11.25am on Friday 18 January 2013, and tried to start a conversation with her. When the woman did not respond, the man made crude and suggestive comments.
The suspect is described as white, aged in his late 40s and approximately 5ft 3in tall with a stocky build. He has a pale complexion and fair ginger hair.
PC Chris Hill, of Ripon Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:
This type of behaviour is utterly deplorable. The man’s comments left the woman feeling shaken and distressed.
If you recognise the man, I urge you to contact the police or Crimestoppers straight away.
I am also keen to speak with any other women who have been approached by the man and have not yet reported the incident.
Anyone who can help to identify the suspect is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Chris Hill.
Alternatively information can be emailed to email@example.com
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12130009584.