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File Photo of cyclists on the Lochside Trail via www.crd.bc.ca

Saanich Police are looking for a suspect in an alleged sexual assault on Lochside trail. 

In a media release, police say the incident occurred on the Lochside trail between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, September 6th.

The woman was walking north on the trail near Swan Street when she was approached from behind by the suspect who then committed a sexual assault. 

The suspect was last seen walking north on the trail toward Saanich Road, though there were additional reports that he was seen on the trail near Darwin Avenue.

Despite searching the area following the offence, officers were unable to locate him.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, 5’6” tall and between 30 to 40 years old. He is said to have a stocky build and a sandy-coloured long beard. 

At the time of the assault the suspect was described to be wearing a light coloured toque, pink shirt, blue jeans and to be carrying both a black backpack and black duffle bag. 

The suspect is believed to use the Lochside and Galloping Goose Trail network.

Anyone with information is asked to contact  the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321.

You can also report anonymously through the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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