Media Releases

At approximately 10:45 pm on December 28, 2019 Saanich Police officers attended Uptown Mall for a report of a stabbing. They learned that a security guard from Uptown Mall had confronted a suspected shoplifter leaving Wal-Mart. At some point during this interaction, the male suspect slashed the security guard on the arm and then fled the scene on a bmx style bicycle. The injury the guard sustained was serious but not life threatening. Police are still investigating this incident and awaiting CCTV footage.

*Update* December 30, 2019: The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, fair complexion, short dark hair, wearing glasses and a red hat, dark clothing, carrying a black backpack and riding a bike (bmx style).We are seeking any witnesses that may have been in the area of Uptown Mall on Saturday December 28 around 10:30 pm that either saw the incident or the suspect, to please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

*Update*January 10, 2020: The following photo is being released via CCTV footage of the suspect involved in this file. If you have any information on the identity of this person, please contact the Saanich Police or Crime Stoppers.

File 19-31903.

PHOTO 19 31903 media release

In early December 2019 the Saanich Police began receiving reports of several small fires throughout the Municipality. This prompted immediate action from Saanich Police Detectives and a media release was issued to the public for their awareness on December 12th.

One of these fires was inside a dumpster in an underground parking lot in the 1500 block of Cedar Hill X Road. Another occurred was inside a residential building complex in the 1000 block of Cloverdale Avenue. In total five fires were investigated from December 6th to December 20th.

On Sunday December 22, 2019 Detectives located and arrested Justin Dorey, 34, whom they believed was responsible for these fires. Dorey remains in custody and is set to appear next in Victoria Court on January 9, 2020 for charges related to Arson.

“There have been no further fires reported in Saanich since December 20,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “While the motive for these fires is not clear at this time, we are very pleased to have this person in custody, as the randomness and frequency of these fires was very concerning to investigators.”

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

The Saanich Police have arrested a 44 year-old Saanich man for drug trafficking, which later resulted in a search warrant on a home last week.

On Thursday December 12, 2019 officers of the Saanich Police Street Crime Unit gathered enough information to confirm this man was believed to be trafficking drugs, and formed a plan to arrest him that day. With the assistance of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Unit and the Victoria Police a traffic stop was made in the 600 block of Esquimalt Road in Esquimalt. Police located drugs, cash and multiple cell phones. The drugs were individually packaged and ready for sale on the street.  

A search warrant was then executed on a home in the 4000 block of Cavallin Court in Saanich. Large quantities of drugs were seized, as well as weapons, cash and stolen property.

In total, over 3 kilograms of drugs with a street value estimated at $350,000, over $40,000 in cash, and approximately $25,000 in stolen property were located and seized by police. The drugs are believed to be cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crystal methamphetamine. The weapons included batons and two replica firearms. A 2019 Jeep Cherokee was seized and will be recommended for forfeiture.

“These are large quantities of drugs that were destined for the streets of Greater Victoria.” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “As we know, these types of drugs have been responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths in the region, and we can only hope that this significant drug seizure will help save some lives.”

Jason Van Winkle appeared in Victoria Provincial Court on Friday, where he was charged with three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and also for Failing to Comply with Conditions of a Recognizance. Van Winkle is well-known to police and has an extensive history of drug trafficking and other related offences. He is set to appear again in Court later this week.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

 

Several witnesses assisted Saanich Police last night after they witnessed a driver speeding, crash, and then attempt to leave the scene.

Shortly before 10:20 p.m. last night a motorist driving near Mayfair Mall in Victoria saw a white Toyota sedan pass them at a high rate of speed. As they continued and approached the Saanich Fire/Police Department, they saw the same vehicle again, but now it was sideways across the highway, had sustained damage, and all of the airbags had been deployed.

The vehicle in question then started to drive away, however additional witnesses called police and continued to follow the vehicle until it stopped a short distance away on the off-ramp at McKenzie Ave.

Saanich Police officers arrived on scene and located the driver who cooperated with investigators. While the exact series of events leading up to the collision are still being investigated, police believe alcohol was a factor in this single-vehicle incident.

“We would like to thank the actions of all the witnesses involved, “said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “They clearly believed the driver’s actions posed a serious risk to the public, and they took the appropriate steps by calling the police and then remained on scene to speak to investigators.”

File 19-31316

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

On December 16, 2019 at 12:19 pm the Saanich Police received a report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 17 at Haliburton Road. Once on scene, police discovered that the injuries were potentially life-threatening to one of the occupants, who was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. As a result, a Collision Analyst was called to investigate and the highway reduced down to one lane.

So far, police have learned that a white SUV was travelling northbound on the highway and approached the intersection at Haliburton Road. It rear-ended a blue SUV, which then rear-ended a semi-truck that was stopped in traffic. One of the occupants of the white SUV was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Two other occupants from the scene received minor injuries and were also taken to the hospital.

Traffic was impacted for almost two hours, which resulted in significant backups for northbound traffic. The status of the seriously injured occupant has improved to serious but stable condition at this time. All persons involved are cooperating with investigators and the exact cause of the collision is still under investigation. Driver impairment was not a factor.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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