Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

File: 21-5511

Victoria, BC – Patrol officers arrested a man last night after he assaulted a staff member and bit a patron at a downtown restaurant.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9th, Patrol officers were called to a restaurant in the 700-block of Yates Street for a report of an assault on staff and patrons. 

Restaurant staff and patrons reported that a man, believed to be intoxicated by drugs, walked into the restaurant without a face mask as required under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act. Staff asked the man to put on a mask and the suspect punched the staff member. Police were called and several restaurant staff and customers restrained the suspect until officers arrived. During that time the suspect bit a restaurant patron.

Officers attended the scene and arrested the suspect for assault causing bodily harm. The restaurant patron suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the bite.

Officers transported the man to VicPD cells where he was held until he was no longer intoxicated and then released on conditions.

This file remains under investigation. If you have any information about this incident, please call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654, extension 1. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.