Sketch released of suspected James Bay attacker

Sketch released of suspected James Bay attacker

Update: Investigators have released a composite suspect sketch of a man accused of randomly assaulting a woman in James Bay last week.

Original story: Victoria Police are searching for a suspect after a seemingly random attack on a woman in James Bay left her bleeding from a wound to the head.

Officials say it happened in the 100-block of Rendall Street at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

A number of people called 911 to say the 30-year-old woman had been assaulted and was bleeding from a head injury.

Bystanders rushed to her aid and police say she was taken to hospital with “significant” but non-life threatening injuries.

Her alleged attacker is described as a six-foot-tall white man between 19 and 24 years old with a slim build, clean shaven face and prominent cheek bones.

He was reportedly wearing baggy, light-coloured shorts, a baggy white T-shirt and a white bicycle helmet.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the assault and have asked the public to report any suspicious individuals matching the suspect description.

“We just want to be cautious, we don’t know what the motive was behind this, so we definitely want people to be looking out,” said Victoria Police spokesman Const. Mike Russell.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Meanwhile, Victoria police are looking for witnesses after a man was punched in the face by a stranger while walking on a pathway next to Dallas Road Saturday evening.

The victim reported the incident to police on Sunday. He said he was alone and walking west on the pathway beside Dallas Road, near the intersection of Dallas Road and Government Street, when he was approached about 7 p.m. by three men and three woman heading east. The man was listening to his earbuds when one of the men in the group suddenly hit him in the face.

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