Oak Bay Police say a 23-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with assault for allegedly pushing an elderly man down his front steps when trying to enter his home.
According to the Oak Bay Police Department, an 85-year-old man residing at a residence on Hall Road heard a knock at his front door at around 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 3.
Believing it was a newspaper delivery person, Oak Bay Police say the man opened the door and was instead greeted by a young woman wearing a long black coat and skirt who allegedly said “I am coming in.”
After being denied entry, a struggle ensued and the woman ended up pushing the man, who was caught by a neighbour that had rushed over when they heard what was going on.
Oak Bay Police say the woman then fled the scene and was chased by the neighbour for a short distance. The neighbour managed to capture a photograph of the woman.
Police released a picture of the suspect, and deputy chief const. Julie Chanin says several people came forward with tips to help police identify the woman.
“Members of the public had contacted the Oak Bay Police Department after seeing the media release and photos attached,” Chanin said. “Upon a follow-up investigation, they were able to provide information that led investigators to the confirmation of the identity of the person involved in the incidents.”
The woman was arrested and has been released on the conditions to not contact the elderly man who was assaulted or go to the area of where the assault took place. Chanin says the woman is a resident of Victoria.
“I’m pleased to say investigators followed up with the elderly gentleman and he has no residual effects, aches or pains or anything lingering as a result of the physical altercation he had with the woman,” Chanin said.