Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

File: 20-48124

Victoria, BC – The suspect in a stabbing on Sunday evening that left a victim with potentially life-threatening injuries remains outstanding as detectives with VicPD’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) continue to ask for witnesses to come forward.

At 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, December 6th, Patrol officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the intersection of Gorge Road East and Albany Street. Officers arrived on scene and learned that an altercation with a suspect led to injuries to three victims. One man had been bear sprayed and stabbed and was suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries. Two other victims, who were also involved in the altercation, had been bear sprayed and were suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. BC Emergency Health Services paramedics attended and transported the stabbing victim to hospital.

Officers gathered information and identified a man whom they believed at the time to be the suspect. Officers located and arrested the man within a nearby multi-unit temporary housing facility in the 100-block of Gorge Road East. The man was transported to cells and after additional investigation he is now considered a person of interest, and not a suspect. He is not facing charges for this incident. The man remains in custody on an unrelated warrant for failing to attend court in relation to a robbery and breach of probation charge.

Investigators continue to search for the suspect in this file. The suspect is described as a 20 to 30-year-old Caucasian man wearing a dark hooded sweater and a dark baseball hat or toque.

This incident stemmed from a confrontation between the suspect and the victims. Investigators do not believe that there is a wider risk to public safety.

The victim remains in hospital in stable condition at this time.

If you have information about this incident and have not yet spoken with investigators, please call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654, extension 1. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.