One suspect is at large after a woman was the victim of a pepper-spray attack in Centennial Square on Wednesday evening.

In a media release, VicPD say they responded to a report of a woman being pepper-sprayed in Centennial Square, in downtown Victoria on November 2nd at around 8:30 p.m.

Police say officers arrived on scene to find bystanders trying to help the woman who had been attacked; she was screaming for help.

Paramedics arrived on scene, took over medical care and transported the woman to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The woman told police she had been approached by a man and another woman who were demanding the victim give them money before attacking her with pepper-spray. 

According to police, the man was caught and taken into custody and police are still searching for the second suspect.

The man was released with conditions and a future court date.

Police say their investigation thus far indicates it was a targeted attack.

Anyone who has information about this incident and has not yet spoken with officers, 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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