Date: Monday, May 3, 2021

File: 21-17155

Victoria, BC – Patrol officers arrested a man this morning after he assaulted a woman with a hammer in Irving Park.

At 9:45 a.m. this morning Patrol officers were called to Irving Park in the 200-block of Menzies Street for a report of a loud verbal altercation. As officers were en route to the call they learned that the argument had escalated and a man had damaged a woman’s tent with a baseball bat, and then assaulted the woman with a hammer.

Officers arrived on scene and quickly located the suspect near his own tent in the park. Officers took the suspect into custody without further incident.

BC Emergency Health Services paramedics attended and treated the victim at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, a 48-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history which includes more than 50 criminal convictions, was transported to VicPD cells and held in custody. The man faces recommended charges of assault with a weapon, breach of probation, and breach of a release order.

This file remains under investigation. It is not believed to be related to intimate partner violence.

If you have information about this incident and have not 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.