Public tips led to identification of man who punched another patron: VicPD

Public tips led to identification of man who punched another patron: VicPD
VicPD have released images of the man that punched a patron while dining out at a Victoria restaurant Monday night.

Victoria Police says the suspect who allegedly punched another patron over the weekend has been identified due to tips from the public.

The incident unfolded shortly after 8:30 p.m., when staff cut off service to the customer who was showing signs of overconsumption.

Staff say the man became verbally abusive, and when another patron tried to step in things quickly escalated.

Enraged, he grabbed a chair and threatened the customer who was trying to help. Another diner managed to intervene and pull the chair away, at which point the belligerent customer moved to leave — that’s when things took a turn for the worse.

Police say the man, without warning, punched the initial customer who tried to help staff in the face, before damaging an umbrella and fleeing the scene.

After information about the incident was released, police say numerous people came forward with tips that led to officers identifying the suspect. Officers are now continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information about the incident who has not yet spoken with officers is asked to call the report desk at 250-995-7654, extension 1.

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