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Earlier this week, Saanich Police officers arrested 32 year old Tighson Laughren in relation to a February 14th violent home invasion investigated by Victoria Police.

Previous media releases from Vic PD:

https://vicpd.ca/2020/03/04/officers-seek-three-men-wanted-for-home-invasion/

https://vicpd.ca/2020/03/19/one-man-remains-outstanding-from-february-home- invasion/

Details of Tighson Laughren arrest:

On Sunday, March 15th, 2020 at about 2:30 p.m., a 9-1-1 disturbance call was received from an apartment building in the 200 block of Hampton Road.

Upon arrival, Saanich Police officers were busy speaking with three individuals in the ground level suite when two additional people fled out the back door and were spotted by K9 officer Const. Morin and his Police Service Dog, Grimm.

32 year old Tighson Laughren and a 26 year old woman in his company were quickly taken into custody by the K9 team for having a number of arrest warrants.

Inside the apartment, police found and seized a loaded .22 calibre Mossberg tactical-style long rifle which was lying on the floor, under the kitchen table. The rifle was loaded with eleven .22 rounds and was ready to fire, with the safety off.

Laughren was turned over to Victoria Police officers and Saanich Police are continuing to investigate these five individuals for firearm and drug offences.

Photos of the seized rifle & magazine and Police Service Dog Grimm are attached.

 

PSD Grimm Saanich Police K9

22 calibre Mossberg rifle copy

Loaded magazine from rifle

On September 29, 2018 the Saanich Police responded to the 3900 block of Carey Road for a report of a 41-year-old man suffering serious, life threatening injuries as a result of an assault. The man was identified as Shawn Campbell of Langford, BC, who died in hospital five days later from the injuries he sustained in the assault. Police did not believe that there was any risk to the public at the time, as it was believed that the victim and person(s) responsible were known to one another.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit has been investigating this file which, on Friday, culminated in the arrest of two men from Victoria; Nathan Monsour, 33 years-old and Lee Hart, 38 years-old. They are both charged with second-degree murder and are currently being held in custody for a court appearance in Victoria on Monday March 9.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

At approximately 9:30 pm on February 27, 2020, a 17-year-old girl was approached by a man on a BC Transit bus who began engaging her in conversation. When she exited the bus, the man followed her and began to make unwanted sexual advancements towards her, including unwanted touching. The girl was not physically injured during the sexual assault and she has been offered various resources

The suspect was described as being approximately 30 years old, dark complexion, 5”7, black hair, clean-shaven, and wearing ‘skinny’ jeans. The man spoke with an accent and it is believed that English was not his first language.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact us at 250-475-4321. To report anonymously, please call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Detective Sergeant Damian Kowalewich

The following information was released to the public on February 29, 2020:

At approximately 9:30 pm on February 27, 2020, a 17 year-old girl was approached by a man on a BC Transit bus who began engaging her in conversation. When she exited the bus, the man followed her and began to make unwanted sexual advancements towards her, including unwanted touching. The girl was not physically injured during the sexual assault and she has been offered various resources. This occurred in the area of the Royal Oak bus exchange.

The man was described as approximately 30 years old, dark complexion, 5’7”, black hair, clean-shaven, and wearing ‘skinny’ jeans. The man spoke with an accent and it is believed that English was not his first language.

**Update**

On March 4, 2020 a 25-year-old woman contacted the Saanich Police to report that a man had assaulted her near a bus stop on February 26, 2020 at 10:00 pm. The man engaged this woman in conversation, followed her off the bus and began to make unwanted sexual touching. This occurred in the Quadra Street corridor.

Investigators now believe that these two incidents are related.


We are releasing a photo of the suspect and are seeking any assistance from the public in identifying the man. Of note, is that he has a prominent balding spot on the back of his head which is not shown in the released photographs. On both occasions, he got on the bus in the area of Uptown Mall.

“As we continue to investigate this file to identify the suspect, we would like to remind the public to be alert and aware of your surroundings, walk with a partner if possible, and always carry a charged cell phone.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact us at 250-475-4321. To report anonymously, please call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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On February 26, 2020 just after 5:00 pm a male entered a fast-food store in the 1600 block of McKenzie Avenue, presented a knife to the cashier and demanded money. He then left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The cashier was not physically harmed, was immediately able to call police who then arrived but were not able to locate the suspect.

 

The suspect had covered his face, was wearing all dark clothing. Officers are still in the early stages of this investigation.

 

If you have information about this incident and have not yet spoken to investigators, please contact us at 250-475-4321. To report anonymously, please call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades 

Public Information and Communications Officer

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