Police seek man who threw coffee on mother and baby in Victoria

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Police are searching for a man who allegedly tossed a cup of coffee on a mother and her baby in Victoria’s Harris Green neighbourhood Wednesday morning.

The coffee was not hot enough to physically injure either the mother or her infant, who was in a stroller, Victoria Police said in a news release.

The incident happened at around 8:40 a.m. in the 900-block of Yates Street.

When the woman was approaching a store she was “accosted” by the suspect who threw the coffee on her and her child without warning, according to police.

The suspect reportedly yelled an obscenity at the mother about the child, then left the area and was last seen walking near Quadra and Yates streets.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s, 5’6″ tall and with a medium build. He was wearing a black and grey jacket and black, baggy pants at the time of the attack, police say.

VicPD’s chief Del Manak is calling for help with random street violence and says it’s time to bring all levels of government together to work toward a solution.

“I think it’s incumbent upon all leaders of all levels of government to come together, our health authorities, social services agencies, VicPD, and let’s really be solution focused. Let’s not finger-point,” Manak told CHEK News.

“But let’s admit that none of us are going to accept what’s happening in our communities.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 25o-995-7654 extension 1 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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