Media Releases

The Saanich Police have determined that the death of an adult male earlier in the day was not suspicious.

The BC Coroners Service were consulted and attended with police in the 4200 block of Gordon Head Road and now hold conduct of the file.

The man's identity was confirmed and his family notified of his death.

"Our condolences go out to his family and friends" said D/Sgt.Kowalewich.

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The Saanich Police has been called to the 4200 block of Gordon Head Road at Arbutus Lane for a man found non-responsive and not breathing.  Ambulance initially attended and have determined that the man has died.  Police are now on scene, including members of our Detective Division and Forensic Identification team.  The area is cordoned off and traffic is being re-routed.

There is no further information at this time.  An update will be provided when available.

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On April 4, 2019 at around 1:45PM, a woman entered the Crystal Pool in Victoria and said that she had been stabbed. Without waiting for emergency services to arrive, the woman left and walked up Quadra Street into Saanich where she broke into a house on Holmes Street and stole a set of car keys for the homeowner’s Honda CRV. The homeowner, who was in the house at the time, heard her CRV being unlocked and saw the woman inside it. The homeowner ran outside and confronted the woman, but was not able to prevent her from reversing out of the driveway and driving off onto Quadra Street.

Saanich Police responded to the 9-1-1 call and spotted the stolen CRV northbound on the Pat Bay Highway. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle by the weigh scales but the woman refused to pull over and continued northbound, running a red light at Sayward Road. The officers determined it was not safe to pursue her and pulled over to the side of the road.

A few minutes later, Central Saanich Police responded to a roll over crash in the 7200 block of the Pat Bay Highway. It turned out to be the stolen CRV, that had gone off the highway to the right. After crashing the CRV, the woman flagged down a passing motorist and asked to be taken to the Saanich Peninsula hospital.

The woman did not go into the hospital though. Rather she walked off and attempted to flag over another vehicle not far away. Central Saanich Police soon located the woman running on Bourne Terrace and arrested her.

The woman, a 29 year old with no fixed address, was assessed for injuries at the hospital and then released back into police custody, with only minor injuries and no evidence of a stab wound. She is now facing several charges including break & enter, theft, dangerous operation of a vehicle and flight from police. She was held in police custody and will be appearing in court later today.

SPD 19-8088 & CSPD 19-1112

Sgt. Julie Fast #5

On April 7, 2019 at about 3pm a 24 year old Victoria man, walking with his bicycle beside the south bound lanes on the Pat Bay Highway by the Royal Oak overpass, stepped into traffic and was immediately struck by a truck. The driver of the truck had no opportunity to avoid the collision. The man sustained significant injuries and died at the scene.   His death has not been deemed suspicious and Saanich Police have turned the investigation over to the BC Coroners Service.

The driver of the truck was not injured and is not facing any charges.

Both Saanich Police and Victoria Police had contact with this man the day prior to his death, for mental health concerns. As a result of this, the Independent Investigations Office of BC has been notified.

This was a very traumatic event that has affected many people and Victim Services is involved. Our condolences go out to everyone impacted by this man’s death.

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The Greater Victoria Police Diversity Advisory Committee (GVPDAC) was established in 2002 to bring together and build trust and positive relationships among its representatives from the police departments, RCMP detachments and military police in the region along with civilian representatives from many diverse community agencies.

Community representatives are from the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA), Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC), Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS), Victoria Pride Society, India Canada Cultural Association, African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI), Ismaili Faith Community, Victoria Francophone Society, Rainbow Health Cooperative & the Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island.    

The community co-chair, Moussa Magassa of the Francophone Society of Victoria, works in the Equity & Human Rights Office at the University of Victoria. The police co-chair, Staff Sergeant Scott Treble, works in the Community Engagement Division at Saanich Police Department. Both have been in their roles since the fall of 2013 and are transitioning out of their involvement with the GVPDAC. The new police co-chair effective April 1st, 2019 will be Constable Michelle Joyce of Central Saanich Police Service and the new community co-chair will be identified later during the spring.

The GVPDAC community engagement highlights report and additional reports, photos and other information on its activities may be found at www.gvpdac.org.

Scott Treble     Moussa Magassa    Moussa.Scott

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