The man accused of physically and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl Feb. 18 at The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria is described as Caucasian or Aboriginal with short facial hair, of medium build and average height. VicPD photo

The man accused of physically and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl Feb. 18 at The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria is described as Caucasian or Aboriginal with short facial hair, of medium build and average height. VicPD photo

12-year-old girl allegedly sexually assaulted at Victoria shopping centre

Suspect fled Bay Centre after alleged incident Sunday

Victoria Police are on the lookout for a man believed to have stalked and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, at The Bay Centre downtown.

Officers are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect – a Caucasian or Aboriginal man around 40 years of age, of average height, with a medium build and short facial hair.

He appeared to have followed two girls into the mall and once they were alone, physically and sexually assaulted one of the girls. The suspect fled on foot, heading north on Douglas St. after he was seen to have changed his appearance, according to security camera footage from the shopping centre.

During the incident the man wore glasses, a camouflage tuque, a dark hoodie, a black winter jacket and blue jeans.

The young girl is being offered support, but did not suffer any physical injuries and was not required to go to the hospital. Officers are commending her for her bravery and courage.

If you have any information regarding this incident, VicPD encourage you to get in contact via the non-emergency line at 250-995-7654, or to report anonymously, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

If you see the man believed to be the suspect, please call 911 immediately.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com