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Saanich Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying the man responsible for an unprovoked assault on a woman in the 4500 block of Gordon Point Road.

At around 2:30AM on September 6, 2019, a 24 year old woman was walking towards the beach when an unknown man assaulted her, leaving her with swelling and bruising to her face and body.  She fought off the man and ran home, calling police when she got there.

The woman was treated for her injuries by paramedics, and Victim Services was called to provide her with further support.

The suspect man is described as tall with a medium build.  He was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans and looked “homeless”.

Despite extensive canvassing, scene examination and follow-up investigation, police have not yet identified the man responsible.  If you have information that can help, call us at 250-475-4321 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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In January 2016, the Saanich Police began a voyeurism investigation involving then 29 year old Matthew Charles Schwabe. On September 3, 2019, 30 charges were sworn before the courts against Mr. Schwabe for various offences involving 9 young women over a 4 year period. The charges included Voyeurism, Publication of Intimate Images without Consent, Indecent Act, Child Pornography and Theft Under $5000.

The investigation began after a complaint was received that a young woman had found explicit photographs of herself posted online. The file was transitioned to detectives who began a comprehensive look into the allegations.

“It has been a long, complicated and detailed investigation that has and continues to impact many people. The strength and patience of the 9 young women is commendable and we are very pleased to be at this point of charge approval” said Sgt. Julie Fast, Public Information Officer for Saanich Police.

As this investigation is now before the courts, no further information will be released.

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Over the last few days, police have received several reports of counterfeit $100 Canadian bills being passed in stores. The suspect or suspects are making small value purchases and paying with a $100 bill. The bills are counterfeit but are convincing enough at first glance, that merchants are accepting them as tender. The suspect gets change back and leaves with legitimate money and the purchase. It is only after the suspect is gone that the merchant realizes the bank note is a fake.

The picture below is of one of the fake bills where the transparent areas have been cut out of legitimate bills of lesser value, and then taped or glued into a forged bill:

Bank Note

Below is a close up of the vertical transparent panel that clearly shows the number 10 repeated throughout. If it was a legitimate $100 bill, that number would be 100:

Bank Note Panel

And you can see the transparent maple leaf has clearly been cut out and adhered to the bill:

Bank Note Maple Leaf

The Bank of Canada provides excellent information on the various security features included on all bank notes. Follow this link to learn more about it:

https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/audience-specific-resources/general-public/

And if you do receive one of these counterfeit bills, put it into an envelope and call police.

At about 1am on August 29, 2019, a 29 year old man and a 33 year old woman went to the Shell gas station at the corner of Douglas Street and Saanich Road, and bought cigarettes. As they were leaving with their purchase, a 25 year old man, who was not known to the couple, approached and asked for a cigarette. When they refused, an argument ensued and the suspect punched the woman in the face. Her boyfriend stepped in to stop the assault and in doing so, was stabbed by the suspect.

Saanich Police officers were quickly on the scene and located the injured man and woman nearby at the Red Lion Inn. The man was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, where he remains. The woman suffered minor injuries which did not require hospitalization.

The suspect was located in the Shell parking lot and arrested. He remains in police custody with an expected court appearance later today. Police will be recommending three charges, including Aggravated Assault, Assault and Robbery.

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As a result of our plea for information regarding Mr. Sidor’s death and his missing belongings, a number of community members have contacted investigators with valuable information. And as a result of this, Mr. Sidor’s missing backpack, shoes and socks have been recovered in the area.

Investigators continue to work diligently on this file and are reconstructing Mr. Sidor’s movements over the 2 days prior to his death. We are still in need of information though and ask that if you know something or saw something, please contact us.

“Support from the community has been tremendous and we want to thank all those who have taken the time to contact us” said Sgt. Julie Fast, Public Information Officer for the Saanich Police.

VIIMCU’s Information Line is 250-380-6211, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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