UPDATE – OAK BAY MACHETE ATTACK

On the morning of April 25, 2017, a woman was attacked by an unknown man while alone in her residence in the 2500-block of Esplanade Road in Oak Bay. The violent and random nature of this attack has made solving this crime a high priority for police. As a result, it has remained an active investigation with significant police resources and actions dedicated to date.

The following day, April 26, 2017, a secondary crime scene was discovered in Sooke, BC that detectives can confirm is related to the primary investigation. Evidence shows a vehicle, captured on video, going back and forth on Sooke Road from this secondary scene. This vehicle is a blue Ford Explorer Sport Trac with some unique characteristics.

Over the past five years, detectives with Saanich Police’s Major Crime Unit alongside officers with the Oak Bay Police Department, have been conducting a thorough review of this investigation and all of the available evidence collected. Detectives have uncovered new evidence that may lead to the identification of a suspect and the recommendation of charges to Crown Counsel.

Investigators are seeking information from anyone that may have seen the blue Ford Explorer Sport Trac in the Sooke area on April 26, 2017.

“We know that there are people in our community that have information that can assist in solving this file and we strongly urge them to come forward to the police,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department’s Major Crime Unit at 250-475-4356 or 1-888-980-1919.

File: Saanich 17-8997 / Oak Bay 17-1152

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