A woman was repeatedly punched by a man with a history of random assaults on Cook Street Tuesday after she asked him to get out of an intersection.
Officers were called to Cook Street near Johnson Street just after 2:30 p.m. for a report that a woman was attacked by a pedestrian while driving southbound on Cook.
Near the intersection, she encountered a man in the middle of the crosswalk who did not have a walk signal, police said.
When the woman tried to drive around the man, he repositioned himself in front of her vehicle. She then opened her window and asked the man to move, “at which point he reached into her open window and punched her several times,” Victoria police said.
Members of a construction crew working nearby saw what was happening and helped the woman by pulling the suspect away from the vehicle, which he resisted. They then secured the suspect until police arrived.
Officers took the man into custody without incident. Police said the woman was not seriously hurt and didn’t require immediate medical attention.
The man was taken to police cells where he was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
The 42-year-old man faces charges of assault and mischief and has previously been convicted for assault, “many of which are random and unprovoked incidents,” police said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 250-995-7654 extension 1, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.