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Saanich police make arrest in connection to Lochside Trail sexual assault

33-year-old suspect released with conditions, given early 2022 court date
A sexual assault of a woman happened on Sspt. 6 on the Lochside Regional Trail in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police arrested a suspect Sunday in a sexual assault that happened Sept. 6 on the Lochside Trail, a short distance from where officers found the man.

The 33-year-old suspect was observed Nov 21 near the Swan Lake portion of the trail and was taken into custody without issue, according to Saanich police.

In the original report, a woman told police that a man had approached her from behind as she walked the trail near Swan Street and sexually assaulted her before heading north toward Saanich Road.

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Following the Sunday arrest, the suspect was released with several court-imposed conditions and ordered to appear in court on a date in early 2022. Investigators are recommending one count of sexual assault.

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