Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

File: 21-12328

Victoria, BC – Patrol officers arrested a man early this morning after he assaulted a staff member at a local shelter and then assaulted a police officer.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31st, Patrol officers were called to a temporary housing site in the 1900-block of Blanshard Street for a report that a man had assaulted a staff member at that location. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the attack, and the suspect fled the area.

Officers located the suspect near the temporary housing site. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect began punching a police vehicle, and then attempted to punch an officer in the face. After a brief struggle, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. The officer was not injured in the incident.

The suspect was transported to VicPD cells where he was held in custody, and later released with a court date and conditions. The suspect faces recommended charges of assault and assaulting a police officer.

This file remains under investigation.

If you have information about this incident and have not 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.