Media Releases

July 8, 2020

 

Saanich Police are investigating an assault that took place yesterday in Brydon Park and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person responsible.

On July 7, 2020, at 4:15 p.m. the victim in this incident was walking in the park when his attention was drawn to a man with a dog. The victim approached this man and confronted him in the way in which he appeared to be treating his dog, telling him to stop doing it.

This man then physically assaulted the victim and then fled the park carrying his dog. There were several people in the park who told police that they saw this man get into a car and drive away, returning shortly after to collect another one of his dogs.

Police are looking to identify this suspect, described as:

  • Caucasian man, 5’10”, heavyset, dark short hair, grey t-shirt, jeans, black shoes, tattoo on right bicep.
  • Vehicle described as a dark blue Volkswagen Golf 4-dr sedan.
  • The dog was described as a medium-sized with a black spot on one eye.

“We are hoping that this person comes forward identifies himself to police however at this point he has not. As a result, we are looking for the public’s help in identifying him as well as to check the welfare of both of his dogs.”

Anyone with information can contact the Saanich Police Department directly at 250-475-4321 or anonymously through Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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July 6, 2020

 

A woman apprehended under the mental health act is now also facing criminal charges stemming from an incident this morning at an apartment complex in Saanich.

On July 6, 2020 at 7:15 a.m. Saanich Police received a report of a woman causing a disturbance from her apartment in the 3200 block of Eldon Place. Police learned that this woman had made threats to burn down the building, had incendiary devices in her hands, made threats to cause harm to people in the building and then additional threats were made toward police involving a weapon when they arrived on scene.

As there was an immediate concern for the safety of both the public and the woman, police contained her apartment and evacuated nearby residents out of their suites. The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team was called along with negotiators to assist in taking this woman into custody peacefully. Negotiations continued for several hours however they were not successful, and decisions had to be made in order to resolve this as safely as possible for everyone involved.  At 12:30 p.m. tear gas was deployed, and she was taken into custody by police without further resistance. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance under the grounds of the mental health act, did not receive any injuries and was treated for exposure to the gas.

“Police are still investigating the criminal charges in this case as they continue to gather information from the residents of this building and the events that transpired.  Police have responded to almost 40 calls for service involving this woman since May of this year, almost all of which have been related to checks on her mental health. The use of any force option is a last resort for police and can be applied in situations where communication is not effective and safety concerns exist.”

The charges being considered for the 37-year-old Saanich woman include Uttering Threats, Mischief to Property, and the Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose.

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

June 30, 2020

 

On June 28, 2020, just before 4:30 a.m. Saanich Police were alerted to an alarm at a business in the 700 block of Tolmie Avenue. When officers arrived on scene, there were signs that someone had gained entry into the building. An officer then saw a man inside the business that the alarm was coming from.

 

This officer then began speaking to the man, directed him out of the building and then took him into custody. He is now facing charges of Break and Enter and Theft of Mail.

 

“The mail he was in possession of belonged to the business he was inside of. He was also in possession of some electronics that investigators are trying to determine the ownership of.”

 

The 32-year-old man from the Greater Victoria area was later released to appear in court in August.

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

June 30, 2020

 

In May 2020, the Saanich Police initiated an investigation into prohibited devices that were being imported into Canada. The devices, Conducted Energy Weapons, were believed to have been purchased online and exported from China. These devices were intercepted in the mail system and turned over to the Saanich Police for investigation.

 

The person importing the devices had a significant history of drug trafficking/possession charges, along with several weapon-related offences. Investigators also made observations which they suspected were consistent with illegal drug trafficking.

 

On June 25, 2020, 46-year-old Randy Smith of Saanich was arrested with the assistance of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team. A search was carried out of his vehicle and residence, which resulted in the recovery of the illegally imported prohibited weapon, along with items consistent with drug trafficking. Investigators seized several drugs which had an estimated street value of $10,000. There were also weapons seized from the residence, which included a crossbow, brass knuckles, batons, switchblades, a medieval mace, and conducted energy weapons, which are all prohibited devices in Canada.

 

Smith was held in custody on three charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and two counts of Possession of weapons contrary to a lifetime firearm/weapon prohibition.

 

                                                                   

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

 

June 25, 2020

 

Saanich Police are warning the public of a deceptive phone scam that is happening in Saanich (and CRD wide).The fraudsters have changed their number to appear as the SPD main line (250) 475-4321.

 

The scammers are aggressive and pretend to be officers on the phone. So far during this round of calls, no residents have reported losing money. In some cases, they are directing residents to Bitcoin machines in an attempt to defraud them.

 

“The Saanich Police will never call you and ask to withdraw money, purchase iTunes cards, nor direct you to a Bitcoin machine,” stated Detective Sergeant Kowalewich. “If you suspect that a scammer has called, document the caller ID number and hang up. Do not provide any personal information or give them any money, gift cards or Bitcoin”.

 

Police are also asking residents to share details of this recent scam with any vulnerable persons in their lives. If you suspect that you have received a call from one of these scammers please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm

 

Detective Sergeant Damian Kowalewich

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