Media Releases

On April 1st, just before midnight, a stabbing was reported to the Saanich Police in the 1000 block of Inverness avenue.

Responding Patrol officers were met with two brothers who were both bleeding. Both victims had been walking in Rutledge Park when they were attacked and stabbed by two males.

Investigators located the suspects in a residence nearby to the park. Both were arrested without incident. One of the suspects still had blood on him at the time of arrest.

Victims initially thought they were being punched when in reality they had been stabbed. Both victims were transported to Victoria General Hospital for treatment. They were released a short time later and were interviewed by Detectives.

A 20 year old Victoria man, identified as Chhorvanna Touch, was arrested and held in custody to appear before a Justice of the Peace. Charges included two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Weapon Possession. Touch is well known to local police agencies.

The second male was charged with a single count of Assault and was released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking with conditions.


Yesterday a bear was sighted in the 5900 block of Old East Road. Two separate witnesses saw the animal.

The bear, nick-names ‘Whinnie’ raided two bee-hives located on a property in the area. The Saanich Police and BC Conservation service were contacted. Given a delay in reporting and the rural nature of the sighting, no action was taken.

“We want to remind our community that bears are in the process of waking from their winter hibernation. So they will be out foraging for food,” says Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

An excellent reference for being more ‘Bear Aware’ is the BC Conservation Service web pages:

Last evening, the Saanich Police arrested two separate thieves including a burglar accused of entering houses while people slept and a well known prolific offender.

Around midnight last evening, an accused burglar was located in the area of Tillicum Mall. He had been recognized by a sharp-eyed Patrol officer.

The investigation began in the early morning hours of March 30th, when a residential break and enter was reported in the 3200 block of Seaton ave. The thief had broken into a vehicle, obtained the garage door opener and entered the residence via the garage.

Once inside the residence, the thief took many small electronic items while six people slept. Then keys for a vehicle parked outside were found and the van was then stolen.

Arrested for multiple offences was John Harold Ellacott, a 36 year old Victoria resident, well known for similar offences to local police. Ellacott appeared today before a Provincial Court Judge for charges including Break and Enter, Theft and Mischief.

Earlier in the evening, a second well known thief was also arrested after having been caught shoplifting at the Home Outfitters at Tillicum Mall.

The thief was observed by staff leaving the store with a Kitchen Aid Mixmaster valued at $500.  Security chased the thief and retrieved the Mixmaster in the parking lot and contacted the Saanich Police.

When Patrol officers arrived they viewed the video tape with staff members and immediately recognized the thief. The thief was located and arrested a few blocks away.

Arrested was Elliott Shuflita, a 41 year old Saanich resident, a prolific offender well known to local police. Shuflita was charged with Theft and held in custody to appear before a Provincial Court Judge today.


On Saturday April 2 at 5:30pm Saanich Police responded to a single vehicle crash which occurred at the intersection of Midgard at Olivia Place. Witnesses reported a red Mustang was travelling east on Midgard accelerating when it left the roadway to the right crashing into a tree in a front yard of a residence. The impact forced the vehicle to spin 180 degrees around the tree leaving the driver trapped inside.

Saanich Police, Saanich Fire and Provincial Ambulance Service responded. Saanich Fire used the Jaws of Life to Extract the 17 year old driver who was taken to hospital with head injuries. The passenger a 16 year old female was also transported to hospital with minor injuries.

The crash is still under investigation by members of the Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit. Initial observations were that speed, weather condiditons and driver inexperience were contributing factors.



Yesterday around 6pm, a vehicle was reported to be driving erratically on Interurban road.

Witnesses reported seeing a red 1994 Ford Explorer crossing the centre line on Interurban road travelling north bound. The Explorer was seen to nearly strike a vehicle travelling the other way head on. It then forced numerous vehicles to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

Traffic Safety Unit officers were dispatched and the vehicle was not stopped until it had reached the Brentwood Bay area. The driver was stopped near his residence with the assistance of the Sidney RCMP and Central Saanich Police Service.

When stopped the driver displayed symptoms of alcohol impairment. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and breath samples revealed double the legal limit.

The driver is a 51 year old resident of Central Saanich with a history of two prior impaired driving convictions.  The driver had been suspended previously for three years by the Superintendant of Motor Vehicles and has not had a driver license since 2006.

Traffic Safety Unit investigators are seeking witnesses in the wake of this incident. Several vehicles driving in the opposite direction were forced to take evasive action. If you were in one of those vehicles please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 and ask to speak to Constable Jon Cawsey of the Traffic Safety Unit.

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