VicPD looks for witnesses after woman sexually assaulted by stranger downtown

Victoria police are seeking witnesses to an early-morning sexual assault in downtown Victoria.

Police said officers were called to the 800-block of Cormorant Street shortly before 4 a.m., where they learned from a woman that she had been sexually assaulted outside by a stranger. Police said no interaction between the suspect and victim preceded the unprovoked attack.

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The woman fought off the man, who was last seen riding southbound on Blanshard Street on a grey mountain bike. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as a South Asian or Black man, standing approximately six feet, two inches tall, with a slim build, short dark hair and a dark, scruffy beard. He wore a dark, hooded sweater with the hood up and a mask over his face.

Anyone who has information about this sexual assault, or who recognizes the description of the suspect, is asked to call 250-995-7654, extension 1. To report anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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