Police looking for 1 suspect after Home Hardware assault in Victoria

Police looking for 1 suspect after Home Hardware assault in Victoria
The Home Hardware on Oak Bay Avenue on Aug. 12. One person was assaulted at the store.

Victoria police are looking for one suspect after an employee was assaulted at the Home Hardware on Oak Bay Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Police said they were called to a store in the 1900-block of Oak Bay Avenue on Aug. 13 for a report that a man had been assaulted.

According to police, when officers arrived they found the victim suffering from non-life-threatening injuries and being tended to by bystanders.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police said witnesses reported that the man, who was a store employee, intervened when a suspect attempted to steal items from the store.

The suspect then allegedly assaulted the employee and fled. A second victim was also assaulted during the struggle but did not require immediate medical attention, according to police.

Employees at the Home Hardware store on Oak Bay Avenue told CHEK the person who was injured was the owner of the hardware store, Craig Sharp.

Although police described the man’s injuries as life-altering, Craig’s wife Deanne says they are not.

“He’s got a broken rib and a good bonk on the head and stitches on his chin, but otherwise he’s in good shape,” Deanne said.

The suspect in the assault is described by police as a Caucasian man wearing a black ball cap with yellow rim, a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with the number 7 on the jersey, grey baggy jeans and black sneakers with white soles.

The man left the area accompanied by a woman and may have gotten into a taxi to leave the scene.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about the assault and has not yet spoken to police is asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654 and press 1 for the Report Desk.

To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The Home Hardware on Oak Bay Avenue is where a man attacked a cashier with a hatchet last November. That employee did not receive serious injuries and the man was later arrested.



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