Police in Victoria say a young Black man was randomly attacked by a white man while onboard a BC Transit bus last Sunday, June 19.
According to the Victoria Police Department media release, the victim entered the bus and was moving towards a seat when “without warning” a Caucasian man stood up and struck him.
Nearby passengers intervened and the pushed the suspect is pushed off. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and did not require medical attention.
Officers were flagged down by the victim in the 1100-block of Johnson Street shortly after 4 p.m. on the day of the incident.
Victoria police said the incident is being investigated as a potential hate crime and are still searching for the suspect and need help identifying him.
The suspect is described as a 40 to 50-year-old Caucasian man with a medium to heavy build and blonde hair. He was wearing sunglasses, a black hat with a logo on it, a blue shirt with a logo on it, tan shorts, white socks and black sneakers at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information about the identification or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call the Victoria Police Department’s non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 (select option 1 for the reporting desk) or anonymously 1-800-222-8477.