Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

File: 21-23596

Victoria, BC – Patrol officers, working with the Integrated Canine Service (ICS), arrested a man after he damaged a restaurant in Victoria last night.

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15th, Patrol and ICS officers were called to a restaurant in the 600-block of Johnson Street for a report that a man had entered the restaurant with a crowbar and began damaging walls. The restaurant was occupied by staff and customers at the time of the incident.

Officers responded immediately and located the suspect in an alley behind the restaurant. The man was attempting to flee the scene by climbing onto a nearby rooftop. The suspect was in possession of a knife, refused to comply with police direction, and began to struggle with several officers. ICS Police Service Dog Obi was deployed and assisted in taking the man into custody.

ICS Police Service Dog Obi

Officers continued their investigation and learned that the weapon used in the incident was a large steel beam. Officers searched the man following the arrest and located additional weapons in his possession.

The suspect was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the arrest. He was cleared medically and later released from police custody with a court date and conditions. He faces recommended charges of mischief and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

This file remains under investigation.

If you have information about this incident and have not spoken with 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.