A man allegedly poured gas onto a tent as a woman and her dog were inside, then threatened to light it on fire while holding a blow torch, according to Victoria police.
The disturbing incident took place in Cecelia Ravine Park in the 400-block of Burnside Road at around 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Police say they found the man in the park and arrested him on charges of assault with a weapon, mischief and uttering threats.
The woman and her dog were not injured.
The man was taken to holding cells at Victoria Police headquarters before appearing in court.
Investigators believe the alleged attacker may have been on the receiving end of another violent incident in the park just hours earlier.
Officers were called to the same part of the park around 6:30 a.m. for a report that a man was struck by a spiked bat, according to VicPD.
The victim was found with non-life threatening injuries and taken to hospital. After he was cleared, police say they believe he returned to the park to assault the woman in the tent.
Police are asking anyone with information on the gasoline-pouring incident to contact them at 250-995-7654, extension 1, or report it to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.