Sketch released of would-be purse snatcher in James Bay

Victoria police say suspect may be involved in three separate incidents

Police are seeking the identity of this man related to three incidents in James Bay on Dec. 4. (Submitted)

Victoria police have released a sketch of a man suspected in three incidents that occurred in James Bay last night.

Officers responded to a call in the 200-block of Michigan Street after a report of a suspicious person banging on a window of a residence. The caller’s description of the individual matched the one provided by witnesses earlier of a man found trying to open car doors in a parking lot at Simcoe and Menzies streets.

While police were investigating the Michigan call, a third incident report came in about a man who fled after attempting to steal a purse. Multiple units and a K9 officer searched the area, but were unable to find the man.

The suspect is described as an Aboriginal man between five-foot-10 and six-feet tall, clean shaven with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark grey windbreaker with a light grey hood and light grey pants.

Police ask anyone who has information on the incidents or recognizes the man to call VicPD at 250-995-7654, or Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to report what you know anonymously.

lauren.boothby@vicnews.com

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