Date: Friday, November 27, 2020

File: 20-46840

Victoria, BC – A man is in custody facing charges and has been served a violation ticket under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act (CRMA) after an altercation this morning.

Patrol officers were called to a grocery store in the 900-block of Yates Street just after 10:30 a.m. this morning for a report that a man had entered the store not wearing a mask. Callers reported that when the man was offered a mask, he confronted staff and was both verbally and physically confrontational.

When Patrol officers arrived, the man approached them in a threatening manner. He was arrested without further incident and transported to cells.

Officers are recommending charges including uttering threats and assault with a weapon. Officers also issued the man a $230 ticket under the CRMA for abusive or belligerent behavior.

Under the CRMA and provincial health orders, masks are required to be worn in public spaces, including grocery stores.

This file remains under investigation. If you witnessed this incident, captured video of it, or have information and have not yet spoken to officers you are asked to call our Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 ext 1.