Man arrested after woman attacked with hammer in Irving Park

Man arrested after woman attacked with hammer in Irving Park
Victoria's Irving Park is shown in this undated Google Street View image.

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.

Jeff LawrenceJeff Lawrence

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