Victoria Police officers arrested a man late on Saturday night after a report of a “violent incident” in a tent in Beacon Hill Park where the man allegedly choked a woman and assaulted her with a weapon.
According to police, at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, a woman called police to report that a man threatened her with a firearm and assaulted her inside a tent before she was able to escape and call police.
BC Emergency Health Services paramedics treated the victim at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.
Several Patrol officers came to Beacon Hill Park and worked to find the accused man, officers found the suspect’s tent and took him into custody without incident. He was then arrested for assault by choking and assault with a weapon. A firearm was not recovered from the scene, police say.
The man accused of the assault was taken to cells at the Victoria Police Department where he was later released with a court date and conditions.
While investigating this report, officers arrested a second man within the park who was wanted on an unrelated warrant for breach of probation in relation to a robbery in Port Alberni. This man was also transported to cells at VicPD where he was held to await court.
The investigation is still ongoing, if you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654, extension 1. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.