Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021

File: 21-23051

Victoria, BC – Officers are asking for your help in reuniting a victim of a random violent attack with her dog, which ran away during an incident in Victoria yesterday.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday, June 11th, Patrol officers were called to the 500-block of Pembroke Street for a report that a man smashed the driver’s side window of a van with a hammer while the occupant and her dog were inside. Officers attended immediately and located the suspect near the intersection of Pembroke and Government streets. Officers arrested the man without further incident.

Officers learned that the incident began when the suspect was heard screaming on the street in the 500-block of Pembroke Street. He then smashed the windows of a parked vehicle behind the victim’s van with a hammer.

The victim attempted to flee the scene in her van. However, the suspect began smashing her vehicle windows with a hammer. The victim and her dog then fled from her van out of the passenger side, while the van kept moving and collided with an additional parked vehicle. The dog, frightened by the incident, ran away from the scene and has yet to be found. The victim ran to safety and alerted police.

The lost dog is described as a brown Pit Bull named Camper, who wears a pink collar. Camper was last seen running in the 700-block of Government Street shortly after the incident. A photograph of Camper is below.

Officers transported the man to VicPD cells. The suspect, a 40-year-old Edmonton man, faces recommended charges of assault with a weapon and mischief. He was later released with a court date and conditions.

This file remains under investigation.

If you know the whereabouts of Camper, or 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.