A woman was able to stave off an attempted robbery in Saanich as she was exiting her vehicle this morning.

Saanich Police say the incident occurred at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17th at the Mattick’s Farm plaza, located in the 5300 block of Cordova Bay Road.

The woman had just parked her vehicle and as she was exiting her car, an unknown man pushed his way in and grabbed her handbag.

Police say a short struggle ensued, at which point the suspect gave up his attempt and left the area on foot.

The suspect was not known to the victim and police believe the attack was random.

The suspect is described as an adult Caucasian man, standing 5’9” tall. He was wearing a brown winter-style tweed jacket and knitted black gloves.

His face was covered at the time and he was last seen heading southbound near Cordova Bay Road. He may have later left the area in a vehicle.

No weapons were used, and the victim was not physically injured.

Saanich Police are asking for any witnesses to come forward that may have seen the suspect prior to, during or after the offence.

Additionally, drivers in the area are being asked to please check their dashcams for any footage they may have captured.

“This is a very concerning incident and our officers are working diligently to try and identify this suspect,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades.

“This happened in an open, public area and we are hopeful that someone may have witnessed this incident. We continue to provide support to the victim involved.”

Anyone with information or dashcam footage are asked to call the Saanich Police department at 250-475-4321.

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