Date: February 17, 2021

File: 21-3642


Saanich Police are investigating after a suspect attempted to rob a woman getting out of her vehicle early this morning.

On Wednesday February 17, 2021, at approximately 6:40 a.m. a woman was parking her vehicle in a plaza in the 5300 block of Cordova Bay Road. As she was getting out, an unknown male pushed his way in and grabbed her handbag. A short struggle ensued at which point the suspect gave up his attempt at taking her bag and left the area on foot. No weapons were used, and the victim was not physically injured.

The suspect was not known to the victim and this attack appears to be random. The suspect is described as an adult Caucasian man, 5’9”, wearing a brown, winter-style tweed jacket and knitted black gloves. His face was covered at the time and was last seen heading southbound near Cordova Bay Road. He may have later left the area in a vehicle.

As our officers continue to investigate, we are asking for any witnesses to come forward that may have seen the suspect prior to, during or after the offence. Additionally, drivers in the area are being asked to please check their dash cameras for any footage they may have captured.

“This is a very concerning incident and our officers are working diligently to try and identify this suspect. This happened in an open, public area and we are hopeful that someone may have witnessed this incident. We continue to provide support to the victim involved.


Cst. Markus Anastasiades #256

Public Information and Communications Officer

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