Victoria police say they’ve arrested a man accused of attacking a woman with a hammer in Irving Park, moments after damaging her tent with a baseball bat.
The incident happened around 9:45 a.m. Monday in the park, which is in the 200-block of Menzies Street in James Bay.
Officers received a report of a loud verbal altercation and while they were en route, they learned the argument had escalated and resulted in the violent attack.
They found the 48-year-old man near his own tent in Irving Park and took him into custody without incident.
The woman was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.
Victoria police say the man has a “lengthy” criminal history of more than 50 convictions and now faces charges of assault with a weapon, breach of probation and breach of a release order.
He was transported to police cells and held in custody pending a court date.
Police say they don’t believe the incident is related to intimate partner violence.
Anyone with informatino is asked to call VicPD at 250-995-7654 extension 1, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.