Victoria, BC – A Victoria man remains in custody after a carjacking in downtown Victoria this morning.
Patrol officers responded after several witnesses called our 911 Communications Centre around 6:45 a.m. this morning. Witnesses reported that a man had leapt into the box area of a pick-up truck at the intersection of Fort Street and Foul Bay Road. They reported that the man broke the rear window of the truck, and threatened the driver, who stopped the vehicle, and, fearing for her safety, fled on foot. The man then got behind the wheel of the truck and drove away from the scene, headed against traffic on Johnson Street.
At that point the truck collided with another vehicle that had attempted to avoid it. The truck then continued against the flow of traffic, with vehicles moving to avoid collision. A person riding an electric bicycle also swerved to avoid colliding with the vehicle, but fell doing so. The truck struck a second, parked vehicle. Another witnesses kept the truck in view until it came to a halt in the 1100-block of Johnson Street. The driver then fled, leaving the vehicle running.
Patrol officers arrived and located the suspect a short distance away. He was arrested without incident. He was transported to cells and then transported to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Once treated, he was returned to custody where he remains pending charges.
The other persons involved were cleared medically at the scene.
This incident remains under investigation at this time. If you have information about this incident, but have not yet spoken to officers, you are asked to call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.