Police Investigating After Sexual Assault on Trail 21-20335

Date: September 17, 2021

File: 21-20335

The Saanich Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that occurred on the Lochside Trail on September 6, 2021.

A woman was walking on the north on the trail near Swan Street between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 6, when the suspect approached from behind and committed a sexual assault. He was last seen walking north on the trail toward Saanich Road.

Officers have been searching the area since the offence, including another report of him on the trail near Darwin Avenue, however, we’ve been unable to locate him.

He is described as a Caucasian man, 5’6” tall, 30-40 years old, stocky build, sandy-coloured long beard, light coloured toque, pink shirt, blue jeans, carrying both a black backpack and black duffle bag. It is believed that suspect uses the Lochside and Galloping Goose Trail network.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321. You can also report anonymously through the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

[email protected]

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