Media Releases

Around 5pm yesterday afternoon an armed robbery was reported at the Xanavision Video store in Royal Oak Plaza.

The lone male suspect entered the store and pretended to shop for a few minutes. After selecting DVD he approached the counter and produced a large hunting style knife and demanded cash from the till.

The male then fled on foot from the area. Patrol officers and a Police Service Dog responded to the scene. A cordon was established and the dog was deployed. Unfortunately the suspect was nowhere to be found.

The suspect is described as:

- white male, 6’0”- 6’2” in height

- medium build, approximately 200lb

- darker skin or tan, stubble

- wearing a blue sweat-shirt and blue sweat pants

Saanich Police Detectives and Forensic Investigators responded to the scene to conduct a forensic examination and to conduct interviews.

The investigation continues and Detectives request that anybody with information about this crime are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police Detectives. If you know something and wish to remain anonymous, please contact Victoria Crimestoppers.

Yesterday, Saanich Police Detectives were called to investigate a disturbing assault of a sexual nature. The victim was assaulted multiple times overnight, Friday, March 26th in a vehicle.

The victim had been at a party and was walking to a second party with a group of friends.  She became separated from her group in the area of Cedar Hill Cross road and Cedar Hill road sometime between 10:00 to 10:30pm.

At that time, the victim was approached by a male from a passing vehicle. The male forced her into the rear of a 4 door vehicle with three other males inside.

The victim, a 20 year old Victoria resident, received minor injuries and is deeply traumatized by this incident. She is receiving support from workers of the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre.

Saanich Police Detectives would like to remind women in our community to be conscious of their personal safety. Some personal safety suggestions include:

  1. Travel in groups and stick to well lit areas.
  2. Keep your cell phone on your person.
  3. Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know and be mindful of leaving your drink unattended.
  4. If you are drinking, plan a safe ride home with people you know or by cab. If using public transit, travel with friends.

Saanich Police Detectives are seeking any witnesses or any information about this disturbing assault. If you saw something in the area of Cedar Hill road and Cedar Hill Cross road, or If you know something about this crime, please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321.

Media enquiries by cell phone at 250-883-0857 will be answered until 4:30pm, Sunday, March 27th.

At about 9:30 this morning, a complaint of a male threatening staff members at the Motor Vehicle Branch was received by the Saanich Police. The dispute was a result of the suspect’s vehicle having been impounded in the previous days.

The male used some threatening language to staff and stated that he was going to go to the impound lot, where his vehicle was located. The threat included some reference to weapons.

Patrol officers were dispatched to the impound lot on Tennyson ave, in advance of the male arriving. Officers positioned themselves covertly at the lot to await the suspect’s arrival.

A short time later, the male suspect arrived in a vehicle and given the nature of the threats was challenged by officers with firearms. A 32 year old Saanich resident was taken into custody without any incident.

Officers searched the vehicle the suspect arrived in at the impound lot and located some knives.

A charge of Uttering Threats is being suggested to Crown Counsel. The male suspect has been released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking with conditions.

Earlier today on March 24th, 2011, Saanich Police Youth Investigators asked for the public's assistance inlocating Sydney Foort. Sydney is a 14 year old girl from Vancouver who is visiting family here in the Victoria area. Family members and the Saanich Police were concerned about Sydney's online activities and her risky behaviour.

Since the earlier media release today, Sydney Foort was located and is safe with her family. The Saanich Police would like to thank the local media and the public for their assistance in bringing this matter to a successful conclusion.


Cst. Jereme LESLIE, 228

Youth Investigation Section

Saanich Police

Last Friday, March 18th a male was arrested for peering into residential windows at St. Michael’s University school.

Approximately five complaints had been received by the Saanich Police regarding a male peering into windows at residences at SMU. The investigation dates back to January 2011.

Recently, a witness noticed a male lurking near the dorm and obtained a license plate for his vehicle, which was provided to the Saanich Police.

Investigators from the Street Crime Unit and the Patrol Division, pursued the investigation vigorously. Surveillance was conducted and the male suspect was observed by officers to be peering into dorm windows at the school.

The suspect, a 51 year old Saanich resident, was charged with one count of Voyeurism pursuant to s.162 of the Criminal Code. He was released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking with conditions that includes:

- Not to be within a two block radius of St. Michael’s University

- To abstain from communicating with any female under the age of 16 years except in company of an adult

- To report to a Bail Supervisor

This is a crime that would be much more difficult if the public ensured that blinds or drapes were closed in their bedrooms or other areas of their residences. Good exterior lighting with motion sensors also deters these types of crimes.

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