Witnesses sought after 72-year-old man assaulted in Esquimalt

Witnesses sought after 72-year-old man assaulted in Esquimalt
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Victoria Police are asking witnesses to come forward after a 72-year-old man was assaulted in Esquimalt on Saturday.

Police say the man was delivering newspapers around 6 a.m. near Greenwood Avenue and Kinver Street in Esquimalt when an unknown man approached him.

The suspect demanded the 72-year-old hand over his wallet and personal items, then punched him in the face.

The man was knocked to the ground and suffered non-life-threatening injuries and did not require an ambulance, according to police.

The suspect was last seen heading eastbound on Kinver Street, toward Wychbury Avenue. The suspect is described as a 25 to 40-year-old Caucasian man, short in height, with a heavy build. The suspect had dark messy hair and wore a blue jacket and blue pants.

This incident was reported to VicPD on Feb. 2.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

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