Friends say man handcuffed in police raid is Beacon Hill murder victim’s boyfriend

Friends say man handcuffed in police raid is Beacon Hill murder victim's boyfriend
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On Wednesday morning, police narrowed in on a home in the area of Fort Street and Foul Bay Road in connection with their investigation of a woman murdered in Beacon Hill Park earlier this month.

Forty-six-year-old, single mother Brianna Lozano’s body was found dumped at the south end of Beacon Hill Park along Dallas Road just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd.

“They found her in a very strange way, with no ID. No nothing. So to me, the first impression is that she had been moved. It was too clean,” said Jorge Lozano to CHEK News on March 12th.

On Wednesday, multiple police forces (VIMCU, Oak Bay Police, Saanich Police, Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, and VicPD), with officers carrying assault rifles, carried out a raid of a home along Foul Bay Road in relation to Lozano’s homicide investigation.

One man could be seen on his knees in handcuffs, situated between two police vehicles.

Friends of the victim say the house is where Brianna called home, saying the last time they talked to Lozano was when she said how excited she was to move in with her on-and-off-again boyfriend.

They also confirmed, the man handcuffed was Brianna’s boyfriend.

So far, Victoria Police are not confirming any arrest, detention, or charge with regards to this case.

Investigators are also unable to confirm to CHEK News what the man’s connection to the case is.

Meanwhile, Brianna’s family is hoping whoever is responsible for her death is arrested soon.

“I hope they capture the person soon, to free other women from violence,” said Jorge Lozano, Brianna’s father in a statement to CHEK News, emphasizing her death came five days before International Women’s Day.

National statistics show that violence against women has increased during the pandemic.

“I think probably both violence is going unreported and also the severity of violence may be increasing. Before women may have been able to intercept the cycle of violence sooner, now they may be more isolated and not able to get the help they need,” said Crystal Stretch.

“I do think that it’s a men’s problem that we really honestly have not put enough effort into dealing with the root cause of violence against women.”

Lozano was the mother of a 17-year old daughter who is preparing to graduate high school this June.

If you have information about this incident please call the VIIMCU Information Line at (250) 380-6211.

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