(VicPD / Jay Wallace Images)

Victoria Police are seeking witnesses and information after a man tried to rob two women at knifepoint near Craigdarroch Castle.

At around 10:15 p.m. on Sunday night, patrol officers and a K9 unit were called to the 1000 block of Craigdarroch Road for reports of an attempted robbery.

In a statement released Monday morning, VicPD says two women reported that they were walking on the sidewalk when they were approached by a man who brandished a knife towards them.

The suspect demanded the women hand over their purses and place them into his open backpack.

At that point, the women screamed loudly, and the suspect fled on foot northbound on Craigdarroch Road without taking any of their belongings.

When police attended, they used a K9 unit to try and track the suspect down, but were not successful.

Officers are now seeking witnesses to the incident who may be able to provide more information.

The suspect is described as a slim, 20-year-old white man standing 5’9″ tall. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a blue medical mask, a black jacket with the hood up, blue jeans, and was carrying a small, black backpack.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact VicPD at (250) 995-7654, extension 1.

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

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