Sunday, August 11, 2019

Victoria, BC- A Victoria man is facing charges after a prolonged barricade.

Officers were called to the 1100-block of Yates Street just after 10p.m. for a report of an unknown man inside a suite in a multi-unit residential building. The man, who was not known to the property owners, was allegedly causing extensive damage to the suite.

Patrol officers and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), including Crisis Negotiators, responded. The man refused to exit the suite and negotiations were undertaken to resolve the incident peaceably.

Due to the nature of the incident officers were required to use a portable public address system to communicate with the man, despite the late hour. Officers worked to minimize the disturbance to nearby residents.

Officers obtained a warrant and the man was taken into custody several hours later.

 There were no injuries. 

The incident remains under investigation. The man was held for telebail and faces charges including mischief. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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