Media Releases

July 22, 2020

 

A witness alerted police to a motorcycle that had crashed in the 3800 block of Finnerty Road after it had failed to stop for police earlier in the morning.

 

On July 22, 2020, at 6:30 a.m. Saanich Police received a 911 call about a domestic dispute in the 1800 block of Harvard Place. As police arrived on scene they saw a man on a motorcycle leaving the area that they believed was involved in the dispute. An officer tried to conduct a traffic stop with the motorcycle, however, it accelerated away at a high-rate of speed and failed to stop for a stop sign. The officer was able to obtain the licence plate and pulled over. It was just minutes after that a witness approached the officer and explained that the motorcycle had crashed in the wooded trails off Finnerty Road.

 

Additional officers arrived on scene to help and were able to locate and arrest the 36-year-old man, who was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries sustained from the crash. He is currently in custody at the Saanich Police Department.

 

The man did not possess a driver’s licence and the motorcycle licence plate had been forged. Recommended charges include Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Obstruct a Peace Officer, Flight from Police, Forgery, and additional Motor Vehicle Act offences. He is also facing charges related to conditions imposed from courts outside of British Columbia.

 

“It appears that this individual fled from police because he did not have a licence, was riding an uninsured motorcycle, and had court conditions imposed that prevented him from driving period. His actions were completely reckless and void of care for anyone that may have been using the roads this morning.”

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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July 21, 2020

 

On July 20, 2020, just before 10:20 p.m. a woman was sitting on the beach in Cadboro Bay (Gyro Beach) when an unknown man walked up to her, punched her in the face and then ran off toward Telegraph Bay Road.

 

The man was described as wearing a dark coloured sweater, blue jeans and running shoes.

 

“It was dark out and the incident happened very quickly. It was shocking to learn that this assault was unprovoked, and we’re working every angle to identify the suspect and then determine what the motive was.”

 

As we continue our investigation, we are asking anyone who may have been in the area and seen this incident or suspect to contact us either directly at 250-475-4321 or through Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Further to this, we’re asking any residents in the area of Tudor Avenue and Telegraph Bay Road / Cadboro Bay Road to check their home CCTV for any footage.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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July 10, 2020

 

Suspect quickly arrested after police respond to a break and enter behind Tillicum Mall Wednesday night.

On July 8, 2020, at approximately 10:30 pm Saanich Police received a call of a theft that had just occurred at a Saanich Fire Department temporary hall at Pearkes Recreation Centre. Officers determined that entry had been gained into an enclosure on site and a hydraulic rescue pump from the fire engine had been stolen.

A Victoria Police K-9 unit arrived to assist and was successful in locating the suspect near the area of the Trans-Canada Highway and also locating the pump nearby in Cuthbert Holmes Park. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and later released on a charge of Break and Enter with a court date later this year.

“We would like to thank VicPD for their assistance on locating the evidence and suspect on this file and we were pleased to be able to return the important piece of fire rescue equipment back to the Saanich Fire Department.”

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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July 17, 2020

 

One man is in custody and facing firearm related charges after police contained Mount Douglas Park early Friday evening.

 

On July 17, 2020 at 1820 hours Saanich Police received information that a man was spotted on a trail in Mount Douglas Park carrying a firearm. Officers attended the area and began speaking to multiple witnesses who confirmed this sighting and were able to provide important and timely information such as the direction this man was headed and what he was wearing.

 

Officers quickly began evacuating people out of the park, contained the area and requested additional assistance from the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Unit. A media release was issued as well as a social media alert.

 

During their search for the suspect, and with additional information from witnesses still in the park, officers located the suspect at the summit of the mountain and were able to take him into custody without incident.

 

The firearm involved turned out to be a replica handgun and charges are being recommended in relation to firearm offences. The investigation is on-going.

 

“We would like to thank the everyone who came forward and spoke to our officers this evening. Their information and cooperation proved to be crucial in helping us locate the suspect in this serious call regarding public safety.”

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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June 9, 2020

 

Saanich Police investigators have now been able to identify the suspect involved in the assault in Brydon Park on Tuesday.


We would like to thank everyone in the community who came forward to provide information to assist in identifying the suspect. As charges have not officially been sworn in the courts and no arrest has been made as of this writing, no further information about the suspect will be released at this time.

The investigation continues and we will provide the public with any updates that we are able to share.

“This case highlights how police agencies work with the public to solve crime, make communities safer and hold people accountable to the law.  Fortunately, the victim in this case did not sustain any serious injuries and it was very heartwarming to see the community rally around and support this person for speaking out against what they believed was the mistreatment of an animal.”

                                                                                                            

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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