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OPP investigating after man pulls knife on cyclist in Orillia

OPP squad car. Don Mitchell / Global News

Ontario Provincial Police say they’re searching for witnesses after a boy riding a bicycle reportedly had a knife pulled on him Saturday evening in Orillia, Ont.

Just after 8 p.m., a boy was riding a bike on Atherley Road, east of Forest Avenue, when he was approached by an unknown man who pushed him over, police say.

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The man then started to damage the bicycle before the boy tried to get him to stop, according to officers, and that was when the suspect pulled a knife on the victim.

Police say the man then fled on a bicycle west on Atherley Road before turning south on Forest Avenue South.

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The suspect is described to be between 30 and 40 years old, about five-foot-10, 180 pounds and wearing a black balaclava, pants and a black-and-white checkered shirt, as well as a black backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.