Screen capture from a video showing a suspect in the Bay Centre attack on a young girl from Feb. 18. Courtesy VicPD/Youtube

VIDEO: Victoria police ask for help identifying suspect in alleged sex assault

Suspect allegedly physically and sexually assaulted at 12-year-old girl at a shopping centre

Police are asking if anyone might recognize a suspect in an alleged sexual assault in Victoria.

Victoria police released new footage of a man suspected of attacking a 12-year-old girl on Sunday,Feb. 18. The girl was physically and sexually assaulted while shopping with a friend at the Bay Centre downtown.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian or Aboriginal male around 40 years of age, of average height, with a medium build and short facial hair.

On the day of the attack, he wore glasses, a camouflage tuque, a grey hat, dark hoodie, black winter jacket and blue jeans. After the attack, the suspect fled on foot, heading north on Douglas Street. The suspect may have altered his appearance to avoid identification.

READ MORE: Man flees after daytime sex assault in Victoria

The footage shows the suspect walking through the lower level of the Bay Centre, passing a mobile accessories stall.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at 250-995-7654, or to report what you know anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Anyone who sees the suspected individual is asked to call 911 immediately.

anna.james@vicnews.com

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