West Shore RCMP have now confirmed the attack on a jogger March 3 is now being investigated as a sexual assault.
Police say a 23-year-old Langford woman was running on a walking trail off Shoreview Drive near Glen Lake in Langford around 7 p.m. that night when a man asked her for the time before knocking her unconscious and taking her cellphone and money.
The attacker was wearing a dark windbreaker with red on the side and under the arm that made a “squishy” sound, and black gloves with thick wristbands, according to police. The victim was treated for bruises and released from hospital later that evening.
Officers were helped by the detachment’s canine unit in searching the area but were unable to locate the suspect, and he is still at large. The West Shore RCMP’s Major Crime Unit and Island District Forensic Identification Services are actively investigating the incident, which they say appears to be a random, isolated attack, but are still looking for tips from the public to aid the investigation.
The victim is currently being assisted by RCMP Victim’s Services.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).