Police still searching for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect after Saanich robbery

Police still searching for 'armed and dangerous' suspect after Saanich robbery

WATCH: Police all over Greater Victoria are searching for 37-year-old Michael Godolphin. Calvin To has more. 

Police in Greater Victoria and Nanaimo are still on the lookout for Michael Godolphin who is wanted in connection with a robbery on Tuesday afternoon.

Just after 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, Saanich police were called to a possible fight near Quadra Street and McKenzie Avenue. While officers were going to the area, they were told a weapon might have been involved in the fight.

Once officers were at the scene of the fight, they learned that a London Drugs loss prevention officer had stopped a man outside the Saanich Centre for shoplifting. After he was stopped, the suspect allegedly brandished a black handgun and fled from the loss prevention officer.

Police said the suspect left southbound on the Lochside Regional Trail and then allegedly robbed someone of their black Miele electric bike. Saanich police said obtained video surveillance footage and identified 37-year-old Michael Godolphin.

“We’re extremely concerned. This is an extremely dangerous situation. This individual has shown a propensity for violence and unpredictable behaviour,” Saanich police spokesman Sgt. Jereme Leslie said.

On Wednesday, the search for Godolphin extended to Sooke. During the morning, RCMP were looking for a boat near Rotary Pier that Godolphin was known to spend night on. However, police said the boat was at sea and there was no sign of Godolphin.

Nanaimo RCMP confirmed on Wednesday that they received at least two reports that Godolphin was in Nanaimo and had been seen on a black electric bike. They followed up on the reports but were not able to locate him.

“Right now we have a number of resources dedicated to finding him, including a number of our officers from our detective division and also a number of our officers from our patrol division,” Leslie said. “All the local Victoria police agencies are aware that he is arrestable and they’re all aware of him as well.”

Officials said this is not Godolphin’s first time being involved with a police incident.

Last September, Godolphin was seen waving a handgun off the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in Langford where he fired two shots. The incident led to the evacuation of a nearby store.

Godolphin later pleaded guilty to firearms-related offences and was sentenced to 15 months in jail. He was given a lifetime ban on possessing any firearms.

Saanich police have released this surveillance footage of Michael Godolphin, 37. (Saanich Police Department).



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