The Victoria Police Department is searching for anyone who may have witnessed an alleged assault or recognize the description of the suspects involved. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria woman attacked while taking photo of dog

Concerned woman pushed to the ground, had phone broken in Victoria park area

The Victoria Police Department is looking for witnesses or anyone who might recognized the description of a suspect involved in an alleged random assault in a local park.

Officers were called to Burnside Gorge’s Cecelia Ravine area shortly before 2 p.m. on Aug. 6 after a 64-year-old woman reported being assaulted while taking a photo of a dog.

The woman was working in the gardens at the community centre, according to a release from police, when she spotted a black Labrador sitting alone by the ravine. The woman was concerned for the dog, wondering if it was lost, and approached the dog to take a photo of it. While the woman was using her phone to take photos, she said a man pushed her to the ground, taking her phone and throwing it in the ravine.

The woman called police from the community centre. She received non-life-threatening injuries but declined medical treatment at the scene.

She told police the man and a woman accompanying him moved to a nearby tent, which they quickly packed up before leaving the area with the dog.

A patrol officer helped the woman search the ravine for her phone but it was discovered damaged beyond repair.

The man who allegedly pushed the woman is described as Caucasian with a slim build, in his early 20s, standing five-foot-six-inches tall. He was wearing a football jersey with 44 on the back, a baseball hat and shorts. The woman accompanying him was described as riding an orange bicycle with pink hair and a crop top.

Police are asking witnesses or anyone who has information about the incident to contact VicPD’s non-emergency line at 250-995-7654. To report anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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