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Saanich Police are looking for a suspect after he allegedly assaulted a woman as she was jogging along the Colquitz River Trail last weekend.

Between 1:30 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 27th, the jogger in her 30s was just south of Columbine Way when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown man, police say.

“The man then sexually assaulted her, causing her to stumble and fall to the ground,” according to Saanich PD.

Following the incident, the suspect ran off towards the south end of the trail near Interurban Road.

“This was a frightening assault that was completely random,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “We’re hoping that someone may have been in the Colquitz trail system last Sunday that could help identify the suspect in this incident.”

Anastasiades now encourages those jogging alone to be mindful of their surroundings and carry a cell phone if possible, calling police when in danger.

Described as a light-skinned man standing 6′ tall, the suspect has a slim to medium build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a dark-coloured baseball hat, grey t-shirt and dark shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Saanich PD at (250) 475-4321. To make an anonymous report, tipsters can call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

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