Victoria man with ‘hundreds of prior contacts’ with police arrested for assault

Victoria man with ‘hundreds of prior contacts’ with police arrested for assault
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A woman was taken to hospital after allegedly being assaulted by a man with “hundreds of previous contacts” with police, according to VicPD.

Police say they were called to a restaurant in the 700-block of Yates Street around noon on Jan. 4 for a report of an assault in progress.

The man reportedly tried to punch an employee of the business, while making racist comments, according to Victoria police.

He also spat on her and pushed a shopping cart into the victim’s stomach.

When officers arrived, they quickly arrested the man. Meanwhile, the victim was taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the suspect has previous assault-related convictions and is being held in custody until his next court date.

“The repeat nature of this offender is concerning and attacks like this can impact our collective sense of security,” said Victoria Police Chief Del Manak in a release Friday.

“VicPD is pursuing all the tools in our toolbox to mitigate the risk chronic offenders like this impose, while fully acknowledging the limits that exist within the criminal justice system today,” he said.

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