Victoria Police pursue man on foot, make arrest after assault on shelter worker

Victoria Police pursue man on foot, make arrest after assault on shelter worker

Victoria Police arrested a man on Tuesday morning after he assaulted a staff member at a local shelter and proceeded to lead officers on a foot pursuit.

According to VicPD, the incident occurred at around 7:30 a.m. yesterday morning when patrol officers were called to a shelter in the 2900-block of Douglas Street.

Police say they received a report that a man was assaulting a staff member that was working at the shelter location.

When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect fled on foot.

Patrol officers gave chase, following the suspect to the area of Nanaimo Street and Topaz Avenue. Police say the man attempted to hide in the back of a moving van, however, officers were able to find him and take him into custody without further incident.

The staff member of the shelter who was the victim of assault suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident.

As part of the investigation, police have discovered that the man was subject to conditions of an undertaking not to attend the shelter after he assaulted a staff member at the same location the previous week.

The man was transported to the Victoria Police Department and held in custody while awaiting court.

He faces recommended charges of assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats, and breach of an undertaking.

Police are continuing to investigate the file and are asking anyone that has not spoken with investigators to please call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654, extension 1.

To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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