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Attack on Black man in Victoria being investigated as possible hate crime by police

(Courtesy Victoria Police @vicpdcanada)

Victoria Police are looking into a possible hate crime that happened about a week and a half ago

Two men got off a BC Transit bus and told two patrol officers one of them – a young Black man – had been attacked

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.

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.