Date: Monday, April 15, 2024 

File: 24-12873 

Victoria, BC – On Monday, April 15, just before 10:30 a.m. VicPD Traffic officers were conducting proactive patrols in the downtown core when they were flagged down to respond to a stabbing in the 600-block of Yates Street. 

Officers quickly assessed that a male victim had been stabbed. They provided first-aid, and the man was transported to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Pedestrian foot traffic was disrupted in the area while three scenes were sectioned off and documented, and evidence was collected by the Forensic Investigative Services section. There were no other victims, and there have been no arrests.  

This file is in the early stages of investigation, and officers are asking anyone who witnessed the event today, or anyone who may have CCTV footage of the event, to call the EComm 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. 

This is the seventh stabbing incident since March 1 in Victoria, with two incidents as suspected homicides. However, these are each considered isolated incidents, and there is no reason to believe they are connected at this time.  

Although the number and close frequency of recent stabbing events is concerning, it is not significantly higher than most other years, as indicated in the chart below, which details reports of all Assaults Involving a Knife during each Quarter over the past five years. It’s important to note that these numbers do not specifically indicate stabbings, but all assaults that involve a knife.  

VicPD officers have been conducting more patrols in the downtown core in recent months, including foot patrols, and will continue this proactive work to ensure that Victoria continues to be a safe community. Each day, tens of thousands of people safely live, work, play and visit in Victoria, and our citizens and visitors should continue to feel safe in going about their day-to-day lives. 

As this file remains under investigation, further details cannot be shared at this time.