Police arrested a man previously convicted for sexual offences including indecent acts after he reportedly followed two youths, then tried to force his way into a Victoria convenience store to get to them.
Police say the man, who was riding a bicycle, followed the young women for several blocks on Saturday, April 10, repeatedly asking them “to go somewhere with him.”
The young women walked away from the man and asked him to leave them alone, but he kept following them, according to police.
Police were called to a convenience store in the 2600-block of Quadra Street when the two women, frightened at this point, said they were being followed. A staff member locked the door, but the man “aggressively” tried to open the door and speak with the woman, police said.
Upon their arrival, officers found the man and he tried to flee on his bike. He was located and arrested without incident.
Police said the man is known to them for a history of sexual offence convictions including indecent acts as well as breaching the conditions of his probation.
He faces charges of criminal harassment, obstructing a peace officer and assault and was taken into custody in Victoria police holding cells.
Officers located the man in the area. The man fled from officers on his bicycle, but was quickly located and arrested without further incident. The man was known to police, with a history of convictions for sexual offences such as indecent act, and breaching conditions of probation.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.