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Purse thief in Hillside area clubs woman

Sep 18 2012

A Saanich woman suffered a cut to her head after she was clubbed three times during a vicious mugging Sunday night in Victoria's Hillside neighbourhood.

The 24-year-old was walking along Quadra Street, on her way home from a volunteer job just before 11 p.m., when she was robbed near the Finlayson Street intersection, police said Monday.

She told officers a man struck her three times with a half-metre-long pipe, knocking her to the ground, before stealing her purse and running off. A blow to the back of her head created an open wound that required several stitches, police said.

"This was just terrible," Victoria police spokesman Mike Tucker said. "By all accounts, this is a great person in our community and this is a terrible event that happened to her."

The man ran south on Quadra Street and was spotted by three people, who came to the woman's aid.

The witnesses lost sight of the man near Topaz Avenue, Tucker said. The police canine unit was also unsuccessful in tracking him.

Police are seeking the public's help to identify the man.

"At that time of night, we're not sure there would be any more witnesses. But we could use the public's help on this one," Tucker said.

The victim described the man as in his 30s, having a medium build and standing 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7.

The assailant wore a grey hoodie, a black scarf and a bandana that covered the lower part of his face. He had khaki pants and work boots.

Police say they are confident they can find the man.

"As we've seen in cases like this before, these robbers can get sloppy," Tucker said. "They often slip up and we're hopeful we can put two and two together."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Shauneen Cope at 250-995-7654.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). dspalding@timescolonist.com

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