April 27 Update – Oak Bay Esplanade Incident


OBPD File 17-1152

April 27, 2017

On April 25, 2017 shortly before 7:30 AM the Oak Bay Police responded to a 911 call originating from a home in the 2500 block of Esplanade, near Willows Beach in Oak Bay. Upon their arrival, police discovered a 45 year old woman, who was a resident of the home, who had suffered significant injuries to her upper body. The woman was transported by ambulance to the hospital and underwent surgery for her injuries. The home has been the subject of heavy police presence since that 911 call was received as the investigation into this incident continues.

On the evening of April 26, 2017, the woman was interviewed by the Detectives assigned to this case. Police now know the following:

Shortly before 7:30 AM on April 25th the woman was in her home and heard noises coming from the kitchen area. The woman went to investigate the noises and discovered an unknown male in her kitchen. The woman confronted the unknown male and an altercation took place resulting in the woman being struck several times with an edged weapon, which may have been a machete.

The woman has provided the following description of the male who she encountered in her home as follows:

White male, in his 20’s, wearing a brown jacket, khaki pants, and a blue and white bandana.

By way of the service agreement that exists between the Oak Bay Police Department and the Saanich Police Department, the Saanich Police Department Detective Division have taken the lead role on this investigation.

There are a number of resources from both police departments dedicated to solving this crime. These include officers from the Patrol Divisions of both departments, officers from the Detective Division, Forensic Identification Section, and Intelligence Section of the Saanich Police Department, and members from the Integrated Crowd Management Unit.

The victim and her family are requesting privacy and do not wish to speak with any media agencies at this time. If the wishes of the family change then we will advise the media accordingly at that time.

Police are asking that if you have any information about this incident to please call the Saanich Police Information Line at 250-475-4356 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Sgt. Rob Smith

Oak Bay Police Department

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