A woman in Saanich, British Columbia, was attacked recently as she was delivering newspapers. Local police are looking for a man who allegedly pulled her aside and attempted to assault her while she was on an early morning route with her husband, the Times-Colonist reports.
Investigators say the incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. as the 29-year-old victim came out of a local driveway while helping her husband with his job. At that point, the man grabbed her, but she swung the flashlight at him several times and he ran off into the bushes. Although the victim was physically unharmed, she was emotionally shaken, according to the news source.
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