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Victoria police search for suspect in attempted kidnapping, robbery

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WATCH: Victoria police are on the hunt for a suspect in two terrifying attacks on women eight hours apart on Sunday. As Brad MacLeod reports, both victims were grabbed from behind in public places and told to go with the suspect – Dec 30, 2019

Victoria police are searching for a suspect in two attacks that took place just hours apart.

Police say they were called to Bastion Square around 11 a.m. Sunday following a report of an attempted kidnapping. The female victim told police a knife-wielding man grabbed her and told her she needed to go with him. She managed to break free and fled the scene, police said.

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Hours before, police received a report of an attempted robbery after a woman was grabbed from behind at Blanshard and Johnson streets.

Both victims were able to escape uninjured.

The suspect in both incidents is described as a Caucasian man in his mid-40s with a French-Canadian accent. He had his hair in a ponytail and was wearing a long black trench coat, dark sunglasses and a black toque. He walked with a slight limp, police said.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the Victoria Police Department at 250-995-7654

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