Victoria police say a man with previous criminal convictions for kidnapping and sexual assault is in custody after an attempt to break into an Esquimalt home was stopped by neighbours.
Police say just after 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, officers responded to a residential area near Fleming Beach for a report that neighbours were holding a man found trying to break into a woman’s residence.
Witnesses told police the suspect tried to enter the house through a window, but the woman spotted him and screamed for help.
VicPD says the woman’s screams alerted nearby residents, who left their homes and confronted the suspect.
The man tried to flee on foot, but the woman’s neighbours gave chase and eventually caught him and waited for police to arrive. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and there were no injuries in the incident.
The suspect, a 63-year-old Victoria man, faces recommended charges of trespassing at night, break and enter, and assault.
The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Victoria Police.