West Shore RCMP are looking for a man after a 10-year-old boy was allegedly punched in the stomach while cycling in Langford.
Police said the child was cycling on Toth Place at around 4:30 p.m. when a man came out of the bushes. He allegedly punched the child in the stomach and walked away.
“Right now there’s no indication that the suspect and the victim knew each other,” Const. Matt Baker, a spokesman for the West Shore RCMP, said.
Baker said the boy was not injured during the incident and is currently with his parents at his house. He also said the boy was by himself during the incident and immediately went home to contact his parents.
“The parents are shaken a little bit. It’s not every day that something happens like that to someone’s child,” Baker said.
According to police, the suspect was wearing a black baseball cap, a black jacket and black gloves. The suspect is described as having a “grumpy face.”
Baker also said parents should talk to their kids about being safe when playing outside and know who they can turn to when they need help, such as another adult, a teacher, firefighter, paramedic or police officer.
“We ask parents to talk to their kids about being safe when playing outside and who they can turn to when they need help, whether it’s another adult, a teacher, firefighter, paramedic or police officer whoever they feel safe with,” Const. Matt Baker, a spokesman for the West Shore RCMP, said in a statement.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.