Victoria, BC- A man wanted for offences related to a violent home invasion that involved a firearm and knives was taken into custody last night thanks to the combined efforts of officers from our Community Services Division, Patrol Division, Investigative Services Division, K9, an off-duty Reserve Constable and citizen members of our community.
Just before 9 p.m. last night, Community Services Division officers, working to augment the Patrol shift, spotted the wanted man in a vehicle in at the intersection of Cook and Bay Streets. Officers had been looking for the man for his alleged involvement in a violent home invasion that involved a firearm and knives. Officers followed the vehicle which then stopped nearby in the 900-block of Bay Street. The man exited the vehicle, and when verbally challenged by officers to stop, fled the scene.
Officers flooded the area and the man continued to flee when spotted. During the hour-long foot pursuit through the Quadra Village neighbourhood many citizens, including an off-duty Reserve Constable, provided officers searching for the wanted man with updates on his location. Much of this information proved vital to the man’s eventual arrest.
The wanted man was finally taken into custody an hour later in the 2300 block of Vancouver Street. At that time the wanted man fought with officers and PSD Diesel was deployed to assist in effecting the arrest. The man was taken to hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, briefly treated and released back into police custody where he remains.
The driver of the vehicle was also taken into custody.
This file remains under investigation. Charge recommendations will be forthcoming.