Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020

File: 20-32163

Victoria, BC – Patrol officers are asking for your help as they work to identify and locate a suspect who assaulted a store employee yesterday during a daytime theft, leaving the employee with potentially life-altering injuries.

Officers were called to a retail store in the 1900-block of Oak Bay Avenue for a report that a man had been assaulted. When they arrive they located the victim suffering from non-life-threatening, but potentially life-altering injuries and being tended to by bystanders. The man was transported to hospital for treatment.

Witnesses reported that the man, who was a store employee, intervened when the suspect attempted to steal items from the store. The suspect then assaulted the employee and fled. A second victim was also assaulted during the struggle, but did not require immediate medical attention.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man wearing a black ball cap with yellow rim, a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with the number 7 on the jersey, grey baggy jeans and black sneakers with white soles. The man left the area accompanied by a woman and may have gotten into a taxi to leave the scene.

This file remains under active investigation.

If you recognize this suspect, or have information about this incident and have not yet spoken to officers, please call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654 and press 1 for the Report Desk. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.