The Victoria Police Department has arrested a man after he was witnessed randomly punching two women in separate incidents on Friday afternoon.
In a report issued on Monday, police say they were called to the area of Johnson and Wharf streets shortly after 3 p.m. on March 19.
Police say the man approached a woman and “punched her without provocation.”
As a result of the man’s actions, several bystanders followed the suspect and detained him until police were able to arrive on scene. The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the punch.
When police arrived, the man was arrested for assault and taken to VicPD headquarters to await court. Police note that the suspect assaulted an officer at headquarters as well, however, the officer was not physically injured.
As patrol officers investigated the incident further, they discovered the same suspect was reportedly seen punching another woman shortly before the initial call.
The suspect was reported to have approached a pregnant woman in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue and punched her without provocation.
The victim in this instance was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police also determined that the man was in breach of a conditional sentence order stemming from a conviction for assault causing bodily harm after a random, unprovoked assault on a woman near Douglas and Johnson streets in 2019.
As a result of his recent arrest, the man faces several recommended charges including two counts of assault, one count of assaulting a police officer, and one count of breach of a conditional sentence order.
This file remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident that has not already talked to investigators is being asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654, extension 1.
To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.