Date: Friday, April 30th, 2021
Victoria, BC – A man who travelled to Victoria from Los Angeles, California has been arrested after a series of mischiefs at two different locations which have resulted in thousands of dollars of damage.
Officers from the VicPD Patrol Division and the Integrated Canine Service responded after multiple people called 911 just before 2 a.m. this morning to report a disturbance at a multi-unit residential building in the 1600-block of Quadra Street. Callers reported that a man was throwing rocks at the building and smashing windows. When officers arrived they observed a man inside a suite, throwing a television through the suite window to the ground below.
Police Service Dog Zender was deployed along with Patrol officers in an effort to contain the man and determine if anyone else was in the suite and at risk. The man exited a suite window and was confronted by officers and PSD Zender. Hearing PSD Zender’s barking, the man gave himself up and was taken into custody without incident or injury.
While being taken into custody, the man told officers he had committed a mischief at another location in the 800-block of Dunsmir Road in Esquimalt prior to this incident. Officers investigated and located damage at that location as well.
During the course of the investigation officers learned that the man had been released from a correctional facility in Los Angeles, California a week prior. He then made his way to Victoria, where he targeted two locations for the mischiefs.
The man was transported to VicPD cells to be held for morning court. While at cells the man made statements which caused jail staff and officers concern for the man’s mental health. He was transported to hospital for a mental health assessment.
No one was physically harmed in the incidents, but the cost of the damage is estimated to be significant.
This file remains under investigation.
If you have information about this incident and have not yet spoken to officers, 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.