Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

File: 21-16199

Victoria, BC – Patrol officers, working with Community Services Division (CSD) officers and VicPD’s Behavioural Assessment and Management Unit (BAMU), arrested a man with a lengthy and violent criminal history less than two hours after he was released yesterday.

On Tuesday, April 27th, at approximately 10 a.m., Patrol, CSD, and BAMU officers worked to monitor a 38-year-old man upon his release from custody. Officers had significant public safety concerns about the man’s likelihood to re-offend given his lengthy and violent criminal history.

The man has over 70 criminal convictions which include a number of unprovoked and random assaults, as well as offences which include assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, assaulting a police officer, robbery, uttering threats, weapons possession, and numerous breaches of release orders.

Notably, the man injured several correctional facility staff with a makeshift weapon in 2019, and violently assaulted a stranger who confronted him for trying vehicle door handles in a parking lot in 2020.

The man was bound by a number of conditions of probation at the time of his release.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m., and less than two hours after his release, officers observed the man breach several of his probation conditions. Officers arrested him in the 800-block of Johnson Street without incident. The man was transported to VicPD cells where he was held in custody.