Media Releases

June 11, 2020

 

The Saanich Police are investigating after a report of a man walking in the trails in the 3200 block of Cedar Hill Road had made some sexualized comments toward a woman walking in the area on June 5, 2020.

Another report was then received of this man being verbally aggressive toward another woman last summer in the same area.

Officers were able to locate and identify this man yesterday and do not believe that there are any current safety concerns to the public.

“We have taken steps to involve our mental health team workers on this file, which we believe are the underlying reasons for the man’s actions. Police are not considering any charges at this time.”

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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June 10, 2020

 

On June 9, 2020 Saanich Police, with the assistance of the Greater Victoria Response Team, arrested one person prior to the execution of a search warrant at a home in the 3800 block of Cadboro Bay Road.

 

A man was taken into custody without incident and was later released by police on recommended charges for being in the unlawful possession of a firearm, unsafe storage and other firearm-related offences. He will appear in court later this year. A firearm, ammunition and body armour were seized.

 

“Investigators learned that this man had a firearm, formed grounds to believe that there were safety concerns to either himself or others, and applied for a warrant to search for and seize that firearm.”

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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June 9, 2020

 

Saanich Fire and Saanich Police responded to a truck on fire in the 600 block of Ridgebank Crescent at 5:45 a.m. on June 6, 2020. The truck was completely destroyed by the fire and another vehicle nearby received some damage as well.

 

“This fire is being treated as suspicious in nature and detectives from our General Investigative Section are working on the case.”Any witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious in that area leading up to or after the fire are urged to contact Saanich Police at 250-475-4321.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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June 9, 2020

 

On June 8, 2020 Saanich Police were notified by the Shawnigan Lake RCMP that the body of missing Jaime Traynor had been discovered late that afternoon by search and rescue teams near where her vehicle was located on the Malahat.

 

We would like to thank everyone who assisted in searching for Ms. Traynor and we offer our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and all that knew her.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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On May 28, 2020, at approximately 4:40 p.m. an officer with the Integrated Road Safety Unit was conducting enforcement on foot at McKenzie Avenue at Borden Street and attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. As the officer was directing the driver into the parking lot, the driver suddenly accelerated and sped off westbound on McKenzie Avenue toward Quadra Street. The vehicle was described as a black Mercedes SUV.

Just minutes later, a Saanich Police officer in the area came across a two-vehicle collision on McKenzie Avenue at Rainbow Street. One of the vehicles involved was a black Mercedes SUV, of which multiple witnesses on scene told police that the driver had fled on foot toward Rainbow Park. Additional officers attended and were able to locate and arrest the driver, a 38-year-old Langford man, who is now facing four criminal and four motor vehicle act charges including Dangerous Driving, Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample, Flight from Police, Driving While Prohibited, No Driver’s Licence, Fail to Remain at the Scene of a Collision, Red Light at Intersection and Fail to Obey Traffic Sign. It was confirmed that the Mercedes was the same vehicle that had fled from police.

The driver of the other vehicle sustained serious injuries, but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

Eastbound traffic on McKenzie Avenue was closed for over four hours as police remained on scene to investigate.

“We are asking the public to check their dashcam footage if they were in the area of McKenzie Avenue between Borden Street and Rainbow Street between the time of 4:35 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. If you believe you witnessed anything related to this event, please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 and refer to file 20-11586.”

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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May 29, 2020

File 20-11586

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