Saanich police seek suspect after sexual assault on Lochside Trail

Saanich police are investigating a sexual assault on the Lochside Trail that happened Sept 6.

They said a woman was walking north on the trail near Swan Street between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. when a man approached her from behind and assaulted her. He was last seen headed north on the trail in the direction of Saanich Road.

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Officers received another report of the suspect being seen on the trail near Darwin Avenue, but have been unable to locate him.

The suspect is described as white, 30- to 40-years-old and five-foot-six with a stocky build and a long, sandy-coloured beard. He was wearing a light-coloured tuque, a pink shirt and blue jeans, and was carrying a black backpack and a black duffle bag.

Police believe he uses both the Lochside and Galloping Goose trail networks.

Call Saanich police at 250-475-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) with any information.

jbell@timescolonist.com

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