A man was arrested for randomly stabbing a cyclist and for “committing a series of offences” at a downtown childcare facility early Tuesday morning, according to Victoria Police.
Police say just before 8 a.m., officers responded to a stabbing that occurred just outside VicPD headquarters near the intersection of Caledonia Avenue and Quadra Street.
The victim was passing by on a bicycle when they were approached by the suspect and slashed with a knife, said VicPD in a news release.
“It’s shocking, you never expect something like that to happen,” VicPD’s Griffen Hohl said.
Officers say the victim was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Through further investigation, VicPD says officers learned the suspect had entered a downtown childcare facility approximately one hour prior to the stabbing incident.
Once inside, the suspect reportedly stole a tablet and pulled the fire alarm before leaving the building.
No children were believed to be in the vicinity of the suspect at the time of the incident.
Police and childcare facility managers are supporting the families and staff.
“When events like this happen, it is concerning and something we take seriously because it does have an impact on our collective sense of security and safety,” Hohl said.
VicPD says the suspect remains in custody pending a court hearing. Further details cannot be shared at this time.