Date: Friday November 6, 2020

File: 20-44198

Victoria, BC – Members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), working with Patrol officers, arrested a man this morning after a report that he stole a vehicle, assaulted the vehicle owner, collided with a hydro pole, and then barricaded himself inside a suite in a multi-unit temporary housing facility. A separate barricade incident is still ongoing within the same suite.

At 2 a.m. this morning Patrol officers were called to the 300-block of Gorge Road East for a report that a man had stolen a vehicle. Officers attended and learned that the owner of the vehicle was alerted to the theft, and attempted to stop the vehicle from fleeing the scene. The suspect assaulted the vehicle owner, and while attempting to leave the scene, the suspect collided with a hydro pole, causing significant damage. The vehicle owner suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect then fled into a nearby multi-unit temporary housing facility in the 300-block of Gorge Road East, and barricaded himself within a suite at that location. GVERT was called to the scene, along with crisis negotiators, and they worked for several hours to resolve the incident. Shortly after 8 a.m. this morning the suspect surrendered himself to officers without incident.

GVERT and Patrol officers remain on scene at the multi-unit temporary housing facility in the 300-block of Gorge Road East. A second suspect, who was inside the same suite in which the first suspect barricaded himself, is the subject of conditions of an undertaking not to be at that location. These conditions stem from a serious assault file.

The second suspect has barricaded himself inside the suite, and officers are continuing to work to resolve the incident.

Traffic in the 300-block of Gorge Road East remains disrupted.

These files remains under investigation.