Date: Monday, July 19th 2021

File: 21-28900

Victoria, BC – A Patrol officer is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries after being bitten by a woman while he was arresting her for two random assaults downtown Sunday night.

Patrol officers were called to the intersection of Government and Wharf streets at approximately 10 p.m. last night for a report that a woman had randomly assaulted two people and was being held there.

The first officer to arrive located the woman being held by two people who were also being assisted by a group of witnesses. When the officer moved to take the woman into custody, she fought with him, then bit him. The officer was then able to take the woman into custody without suffering further injury.

Witnesses reported that the woman had approached two people unknown to her, confronted and then assaulted each of them. The two victims were able to work together to bring the random assaults to an end and held the woman while nearby witnesses called police. They reported that while they were holding the woman to prevent further assaults and waiting for officers to arrive, she spat in both of their faces.

The woman was returned to cells where she was held until sober. She was released on conditions with a pending court date.

The two assaulted individuals and the officer require additional medical treatment as injuries that involve biting, spitting and bodily fluids can also carry the potential risk of complications.

The woman was not injured.

If you have information about this incident and have not yet spoken with officers, you are asked to 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.