VicPD cruiser
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VicPD are asking the public for help identifying a suspect who assaulted a store employee during a daytime theft Wednesday morning.

Officers were called to the 1900-block of Oak Bay Avenue for a report that a man had been assaulted.

A victim on scene suffered non-life-threatening but potentially life-altering injuries and was being assisted by bystanders when police arrived.

He was transported to hospital for treatment.

According to witnesses the victim was a store employee who intervened when a suspect attempted to steal items.

The suspect then assaulted the employee and fled, injuring a second victim who did not require immediate medical attention.

Police describe the suspect as a Caucasian man wearing a black ball cap with a yellow rim, a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with the number 7, grey baggy jeans and black sneakers with white soles.

The suspect left the area accompanied by a woman, and police believe they may have gotten into a taxi to flee the scene.

Police are still investigating and ask that anyone with information about the incident contact the non-emergency line at 250-995-7654, ext. 1.

Those wishing to report anonymously can call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.