Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Victoria, BC – Officers arrested a man this morning after a crime spree in Victoria involving two separate attempted carjackings while armed with a knife, an attempt to steal a scooter, and two separate break and enters.
The incident began shortly before 10 a.m. this morning when a man reportedly broke into a suite in a multi-unit residential building in the 1800-block of Fern Street and stole several items. Responding Patrol officers received additional reports that the same man, now in the 1500-block of Pandora Avenue, attempted to enter an occupied vehicle while armed with a knife. The victim of the attempted carjacking stopped the suspect from entering their vehicle and then locked their doors. The suspect was unable to enter the vehicle and then attempted to steal a nearby scooter. A witness interrupted the theft attempt, and the suspect fled the area.
The suspect continued to the area of Stadacona Park in the 1400-block of Pandora Avenue where he attempted to enter another occupied vehicle while armed with a knife. The suspect struck the vehicle several times while brandishing the knife. The suspect was unable to enter the vehicle and fled the area.
The suspect then broke into another suite in a multi-unit residential building in the 1300-block of Stanley Avenue. Officers located the suspect as he departed the building and advised him that he was under arrest. The suspect then attempted to break into a separate ground floor suite in the same building from which he had just departed. Officers arrested the man and transported him to VicPD cells where he was held in custody.
The suspect, a 33-year-old Victoria man, faces recommended charges of robbery with a weapon, assault with a weapon, and break and enter. Fortunately, none of the vehicle occupants were physically injured in the incidents.
In addition, the suspect was on conditions of an undertaking not to possess weapons after recently assaulting a police officer. The suspect also faces recommended charges of breach of an undertaking.
This file remains under investigation.
If you have information about this incident, please call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.