The Victoria Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect who allegedly assaulted a store employee, leaving him with potentially life-altering injuries, during a daytime theft attempt.
VicPD was called to a retail store in the 1900-block of Oak Bay Avenue for a report that a man had been assaulted. When they arrived the victim was suffering from non-life-threatening but potentially life-altering injuries and was being tended to by bystanders. The man was transported to hospital.
Staff at the Oak Bay Home Hardware said Wednesday that one employee was in hospital after a shoplifting attempt involving two people at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Witnesses told police the man, who was a store employee, had tried to intervene when the suspect attempted to steal items from the store, according to a VicPD statement. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived. A second victim was also assaulted during the struggle but did not require immediate medical attention.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, wearing a back ball cap with a yellow rim, a Pittsburgh Steeler jersey with the number seven on it, grey baggy jeans and black sneakers with white soles. The man left the area with a woman and may have gotten into a taxi.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 250-995-7654.
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