The Victoria crime thread
Posted 29 November 2023 - 02:09 PM
They never say “police arrested a man in a blue t-shirt and jeans”.
Posted 29 November 2023 - 02:18 PM
As opposed to a real Santa? Or the real Santa.
As far as I’m concerned it’s a replica Santa with a replica handgun.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 November 2023 - 02:19 PM.
Posted 29 November 2023 - 02:52 PM
Why comment on his attire after the arrest?
They never say “police arrested a man in a blue t-shirt and jeans”.
I mean, its certainly unusual, so qualifies as newsworthy, no?
Posted 29 November 2023 - 03:32 PM
People keep referring to this as a “replica” or “ fake” gun. That includes a police constable on the Ryan Price show today. However, if that CO2 cartridge was part of the assembly then it was a pellet pistol, capable of firing a projectile. (Of course Santa probably didn’t know how to keep it operational.)
Posted 29 November 2023 - 03:36 PM
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 November 2023 - 03:36 PM.
Posted 29 November 2023 - 08:09 PM
Posted 29 November 2023 - 09:27 PM
Sad Santa has an outstanding warrant for uttering threats.
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Posted 30 November 2023 - 04:39 PM
Charges approved for two Island drug trafficking investigations
The BC Prosecution Service has approved charges related to two drug trafficking investigations on Vancouver Island carried out by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC).
The investigation began in January 2021, and the CFSEU-BC made arrests of the six members one year later in January 2022. During the arrest, police seized cocaine, around $160,000 in cash, several firearms, one vehicle and Hells Angels paraphernalia.
Charges have been approved against Jeff Scott Pasanen, a 59-year-old male from Comox; Randall James King, a 45-year-old male from Campbell River; Shawna Lynne Leblanc, a 48-year-old female from Comox; Peter Bruce Billie, a 37-year-old male from Comox; Jonathan Erin Clifford, a 41-year-old male from Courtenay; and Rhys Tyler Vernon Bolton, a 34-year-old male from Victoria.
All six are set to appear in court at a later date for the charges against them.
The second investigation resulted in charges against three people.
The CFSEU-BC and North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP executed search warrants at a Duncan residence. During the search warrant, police seized drugs, firearms, cell phones, evidence to support drug trafficking and a substantial amount of money.
Now, charges have been approved against Jason Thomas Conrad, a 43-year-old male from Duncan, B.C.; Margaret Rose Conrad, a 45-year-old female from Duncan, B.C.; and Nicholas Doug Gollinger, a 38-year-old male from Duncan, B.C.
Each has been charged with possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking, possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, and possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Posted 01 December 2023 - 07:16 AM
Child services failed boy killed by his mother and stepdad, father says
“My boy shouldn’t have been there. They had alcohol and drugs going on in the home,” says the father of six-year-old Don-Tay Patrick Lucas.
Don-Tay Patrick Lucas was failed by the child-protection agency when he was returned to his mother’s home, despite numerous reports that she and her partner were partying every day, and children could be heard screaming in the house, said Patrick Lucas.
The neighbour also called the RCMP numerous times, he said.
“My boy shouldn’t have been there. They had alcohol and drugs going on in the home,” said Lucas. “But nothing was done about it.”
Don-Tay died on March 13, 2018 from blunt-force trauma injuries to the brain. His mother, Rykel Charleson, and stepfather, Mitchell Frank, pleaded guilty to manslaughter this week. The couple were initially charged with first-degree murder.
Don-Tay was also failed by the legal system, which “downgraded” the murder charge to manslaughter, said Lucas, adding that he and his family are upset that the Crown did not proceed with the murder charge.
“I met with Crown twice and they said: ‘It will save us six weeks of trial, maybe longer, and it won’t be much of a difference if they get charged with first-degree murder or manslaughter,’ ” said Lucas.
The couple hit him, bit him, deprived him of food, water and sleep and made him hang from his knees from the top of a door until he fell.
Lucas, 32, said he and Charleson were in a relationship for nine years and also have two daughters. Don-Tay was born on Dec. 31, 2011 and was immediately removed from their care in the hospital because they were both drinking heavily, he said.
“We did everything we could to prevent it from happening but it was all processed and pretty much decided that he would be taken from us,” said Lucas, who is now sober.
Don-Tay was placed in a foster home in Port Alberni and did well, said his father.
Lucas and Charleson split up around 2016. She met Frank while Lucas served a two-year jail sentence for domestic violence.
Lucas was living in Victoria when Don-Tay was being transitioned back into his mother’s care from November 2017 to March 2018. He said the last time he saw his son was Dec. 17, 2017, three months before he died.
Lucas said he complained to his social worker that he was concerned about his son. She left USMA after Don-Tay’s death, he said.
On Tuesday, Nuu-chah-nulth president Judith Sayers told CHEK News that there was no wrongdoing by USMA and that Don-Tay’s death “was just a very tragic set of circumstances.”
Lucas, however, called that “total bull——.”
(An) audit, which is based on 77 child-service records, revealed that USMA had only 17 per cent compliance with its requirement to investigate alleged abuse or neglect in a family-care home.
Posted 01 December 2023 - 12:38 PM
Man arrested for allegedly attacking Nanaimo homeowner with bat
Dec 1, 2023
NANAIMO — A man avoided serious injury after an attacker armed with an aluminum baseball bat tried to get into a south Nanaimo home.
It happened on Friday, Dec. 1 at about 3 a.m., according to a Nanaimo RCMP, who reported a 20-year-old man attempted to get into a Roberta Rd. East home.
Nanaimo RCMP Res. Cst. Gary O’Brien said a man was awoken to the sound of glass breaking on a kitchen window, he then spotted a hand attempting to gain entry.
A scuffle ensued outside the home between the two where the homeowner received minor injuries due to strikes from the bat, however, O’Brien noted the tables turned on the suspect.
“The suspect gets disarmed and now the homeowner has the bat and he’s using it in self-defence to protect himself and his family and his home,” O’Brien told NanaimoNewsNOW.
O’Brien said the homeowner held the suspect in the carport until police arrived.
Following the high-risk incident, Calvin Anthony Michael was charged with five offences, including break and enter, assault with a weapon and breaching probation.
Posted 01 December 2023 - 12:46 PM
Sounds like this poor home invader was likely suffering from desperation and poverty, and may have even been an at-risk person. Sure hope he didn't get injured by the homeowner.
This raises an interesting question about self defense laws in canada. I've heard you can't shoot someone who invades your home (or at least it's not clear cut like in most states). But what about taking an invader's baseball bat and using it against them? Also frowned upon?
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Posted 02 December 2023 - 12:02 AM
Police investigate home invasion with firearm
On December 1, at approximately 4:50 p.m., the West Shore RCMP responded to a report of a home invasion near the 3000 block of Glen Lake Rd in Langford.
Police were on scene within minutes of receiving the call and learned that a male suspect had pushed his way into the victim’s home after the front door had been opened to determine why the victim’s dogs were barking. After the victim’s dogs challenged the suspect, he allegedly brandished a black handgun before leaving the home and running toward Alouette Drive. The victim did not sustain any physical injuries from this incident.
Frontline officers contained the area and a Police Dog was deployed. The area was searched extensively however, police were unable to locate the suspect. Officers also canvassed the neighbourhood for witnesses and CCTV.
The suspect is described as:
Caucasian male in his late 20’s - early 30’s without facial hair;
Short to medium dark hair which protruded from underneath a hat;
Slim build (approx. 150 pounds); approx. 5’6-5’8 tall;
A dime-sized red mark, possibly a scar or birthmark on his right cheek/lower jaw;
Wearing a black hat, black jacket, grey shirt, dark pants, athletic style footwear with black and white stripes;
Police are asking the residents living in the area to check their home surveillance cameras for the period between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on December 1 and if you believe you have captured the suspect on camera to report it to police. If you have information on this crime or think you know who the suspect may be, please call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264. Do not approach the suspect as he may be armed and is considered dangerous.
The victim and suspect are not known to each other. Police believe this is an isolated incident as similar reports of this nature have not been received.
Cpl. Nancy Saggar
Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
Posted 02 December 2023 - 12:04 AM
Investigators Seek Witnesses And Dashcam Footage After 62-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck In Hit And Run
Date: Friday, December 1, 2023
Victoria, BC – Investigators are looking for additional information after a woman was struck while crossing the road at an intersection early Wednesday morning.
On November 29 at approximately 12:15 a.m., a 62-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road in the crosswalk at the intersection of Foul Bay Road and Fairfield Road. The driver was reported to be travelling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at the stop sign before striking the woman and sending her to the ground.
The vehicle is described as a white sports car, and it may have damage to the front passenger side from making contact with the pedestrian
The driver did not stop after striking the pedestrian and was last seen travelling southbound on Foul Bay Road towards Gonzales Beach. Below is a map of where the incident occurred:
Map of Intersection
Investigators are asking the driver of the vehicle, any witnesses who saw the incident, anyone in the area around the time of the incident that has dashcam footage or doorbell footage, or nearby businesses with CCTV footage to call the E-Comm Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1.
Posted 02 December 2023 - 10:05 PM
-Same headline, different invasion:
RCMP investigate home invasion with firearm
On December 2, at approximately 2:45 a.m., the West Shore RCMP responded to a report of a home invasion near the 1500 block of Middle Rd in View Royal.
Police were on scene within minutes of receiving the call and secured the residence and neighborhood.
Officers learned that a male suspect had entered the victim’s home through the front door and discharged what may have been a firearm while inside the residence. The suspect then fled the scene. One occupant received minor injuries.
The area was searched extensively, however, police were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect is described as:
• Male with dark skin;
• Dark pants;
• Bright white shoes;
At this time, police are unable to confirm whether this incident is related to the earlier one in Langford.
Police are asking residents living in the area to check their home surveillance cameras for the period between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on December 2 and if you believe you have captured the suspect on camera to report it to police. If you have information on this crime or think you know who the suspect may be, please call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264. Do not approach the suspect as he may be armed and is considered dangerous.
Cst. Andrew Matheson
Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
Posted 03 December 2023 - 12:13 AM
...what about taking an invader's baseball bat and using it against them?
I assume it would be a strike against you, although I have nothing to base it on. As soon as he runs down the path and leaves the yard isn't your home safe? I would err on the side of caution and not lay a glove on him after that. Let it slide. Stop yourself short. Don't get into a brawl. Yes, the guy was planning to steal, but if you go balls-out into left field trying to run him down you might end up getting pine-tarred and feathered. That wouldn't be a good way to lead off the new year. But ultimately it would be the defender's choice.
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Posted 03 December 2023 - 12:25 AM
Let me put it this way: if you slug him you'll probably get more than just a rap on the knuckles. They'll try to put you in the hall of shame. It's not worth the gamble. Don't screw yourself.
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Posted 03 December 2023 - 02:23 PM
Some of those baseball puns were a stretch. I'm sure the seniors appreciated them. But the juniors, probably not so much. Sorry.
Posted 03 December 2023 - 02:26 PM
You know you've gone too far when other forumers are root, root, rooting for the mods to eject you.
Posted 03 December 2023 - 02:30 PM
I could continue trying to pitch the perfect pun, but this cycle must end. Tempers are hanging by a shoestring.
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