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VicPD are warning Esquimalt parents after a 12-year-old boy was randomly attacked on his way to school this morning.

The incident occurred between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, near the area of Devonshire and Fairview Roads.

The boy was riding his bike when he was suddenly grabbed and pulled from behind by a man he did not know.

Police said the boy shielded his face after falling to the ground as the man stood over him and grabbed at his backpack.

A second person, believed to be a male, pulled the first man away and ordered the boy to get back on his bike and leave the area.

The boy fled and rode his bike directly to school, according to VicPD. Fortunately, he was not physically harmed during the incident.

Officers were called by the boy’s family late this afternoon after they learned about the incident.
 
VicPD’s Esquimalt division is looking to speak with the second man who intervened in the incident, as they work to identify the suspect responsible.
 
The child was not able to provide a description of the suspect and officers are currently in the area looking to identify witnesses.
 
A map showing the area where the incident occurred is below.

Anyone with information is asked to call VicPD at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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