Date: Monday, August 23, 2021

Files: 21-33909

Victoria, BC – Patrol officers arrested a man on Friday afternoon after a violent attack on a 72-year-old woman in downtown Victoria.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 20th, Patrol officers were called to the 1100-block of Douglas Street for a report of a man striking a woman on the sidewalk. Officers responded immediately and located the victim, a 72-year-old woman, who had been attacked by an unknown man. The suspect left the area after the assault.

The man had reportedly asked the victim for money, and when the woman declined, the suspect pushed the victim to the ground and struck her several times. A bystander reportedly intervened to stop the assault. B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedics attended and transported the victim to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers continued their investigation and identified the suspect in the incident. At approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, officers located and arrested the suspect in the 900-block of View Street without incident. Officers transported the suspect to VicPD cells where he was later released with a court date and conditions.

The suspect, a 42-year-old Victoria man, faces recommended charges of assault.

This file remains under investigation.

If you have information about this incident and have not spoken with investigators, please call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.