Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021

File: 21-33299

Victoria, BC – Patrol officers are seeking a suspect and asking for additional information after an unknown woman randomly assaulted a five-year-old boy in downtown Victoria yesterday afternoon.

At approximately 11:20 a.m. on Monday, August 16th, a woman and her three children were walking in the 1700-block of Government Street when they encountered an unknown woman who struck one of the children in the face without provocation. The mother and her children quickly left the area to a safe location and reported the incident to police. Officers attended the scene and searched the area. However, the suspect was not located.

The victim, a five-year-old boy, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident. The incident occurred on his fifth birthday.

The suspect is described as a 30 to 40-year-old Caucasian woman with shoulder-length brownish-blonde hair. The woman stood approximately five feet, six inches tall, with a slim build. She wore light-coloured blue jeans, carried a brown leather bag, and was reported to appear disheveled. The suspect was also reported to be agitated at the time of the incident. She was yelling in the street, and was suspected to be intoxicated by drugs.

This file remains under investigation.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.