Horse-drawn carriage in downtown Victoria (Jodi Mucha)

Victoria Police are searching for a suspect and witnesses to an alleged assault and robbery in downtown Victoria Sunday night.

In a statement released Monday, police say they were called to the intersection of Menzies and Belleville at approximately 9:40 p.m. August 16 for reports of a robbery at Victoria Carriage Tours.

The carriage operator told police that she was pushed to the ground from behind by an unknown man, who then proceeded to take her envelope that contained the day’s pay and flee the scene on a bicycle.

Police say the victim declined medical attention.

Officers searched the area upon arrival but were unable to locate the suspect, and are now seeking witnesses to the incident.

The suspect is described as Caucasian man in his mid-30s with a long, full beard. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black and red ball cap, a dark coloured hoodie, and jeans.

He was riding a light coloured road bike, and the victim reportedly saw him riding the bike in the area before she was robbed.

The suspect was last seen riding away eastbound on Belleville Street.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Victoria Police non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654 and select option 1 for their report desk.

To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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