VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Police in Victoria are looking for a suspect in a possible hate crime that happened on a BC Transit bus about a week and a half ago.
Just after 4:00 p.m. on June 19, a young Black man approached patrol police and said he’d just been randomly struck by a man he didn’t know.
Do you recognize this suspect in a June 19th random assault of a young Black man on a bus that was caught on video. Caucasian male, 40-50, blond hair, med-heavy build, black hat, blue shirt, tan shorts. Call (250) 995-7654 ext 1 or @VicCrimeStop #yyj | https://t.co/KPsfLKvayY pic.twitter.com/s9hEaiAaRI
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) July 1, 2020
Police were able to get video from onboard the bus, which shows a suspect standing up not long after the victim got on the bus.
As the victim moves toward a seat, he’s struck by the suspect.
Other passengers intervened and pushed the suspect off the bus.
The suspect is described as a white man, about 40 to 50-years-old with a medium to heavy build.
The man has blond hair, was wearing sunglasses, a black hat and a blue shirt with a logo on it, tan shorts, white socks and black sneakers.
“Further investigation, including identifying the suspect, is required to determine potential charges for recommendation to Crown,” a Victoria Police release reads.
The victim’s injuries were non-life-threatening and he didn’t need medical attention.
If you recognize the suspect from the photo, you can call the Victoria PD’s non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654, and select option 1 for the report desk. To report anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.