Victoria police responded to a report of a sexual assault near Harbour and Tyee roads on the Galloping Goose Trail Monday. (Google Maps)

Victoria police responded to a report of a sexual assault near Harbour and Tyee roads on the Galloping Goose Trail Monday. (Google Maps)

UPDATED: Victoria woman fought off attacker in sexual assault on Galloping Goose Trail

Police and K9 unit responded to Monday incident

A suspect was arrested after a reported sexual assault on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail Monday.

The Victoria Police Department tweeted around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 that officers, including members of the VicPD K9 unit, responded to a sexual assault on the trail near Harbour and Tyee roads.

According to a VicPD press release, at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers responded to a report a man had attacked and sexually assaulted a woman on the Galloping Goose. The woman reported she fought the man off and called 911.

She provided a description of the suspect and officers flooded the area in response.

Police contained the area while they investigated.

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Officers spotted the suspect and a foot chase ensued. The suspect briefly eluded officers and a perimeter was set up for a search by VicPD K9. A man was located and taken into custody. During the arrest, the suspect received non-life-threatening injuries from the police dog. The suspect declined medical aid and was transported to cells.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the attack. The suspect remains in custody.

Anyone with information about this incident and have not yet spoken with officers is asked to call the non-emergency line at 250-995-7654.


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