The Victoria crime thread
Posted 18 January 2022 - 09:20 PM
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Posted 19 January 2022 - 05:14 AM
Worker attacked while trying to stop robbery
A Victoria man has been sentenced to four years in prison after stabbing a Panago Pizza employee during a failed robbery attempt last month.
Blaine Christopher Isherwood, 27, pleaded guilty to the aggravated assault of the employee at the Vancouver Street restaurant, which occurred around noon on Dec. 6, 2021.
Provincial court Judge Mayland McKimm accepted the joint submission from Crown and defence and imposed the four-year sentence, but said “it is most assuredly at the very bottom end of the range I would impose.”
Court heard that two men were preparing dough at the back of Panago Pizza when Isherwood walked by carrying an umbrella. Surveillance footage showed Isherwood glanced in, then took another look and saw that no one was behind the cash register. He placed the umbrella on the ground, walked to the register, took $100 cash out and started to walk out.
The two men working in the store began to chase him. One grabbed his backpack. The other grabbed his arm and shoulder.
Isherwood told them to let him go, then took out a knife that looked like a combat knife, said prosecutor Hayden Shook. One employee told him to put down the knife, but he didn’t. He stabbed the other man in the bicep, causing serious injury, and ran off.
He was arrested the next day in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue.
Isherwood has three previous convictions for robberies where he used a knife.
“In my view, the starting point for the sentence should have been six years,” said the judge.
Posted 19 January 2022 - 05:41 AM
One month ago. Shows you how quick a conviction can happen when one pleads guilty.
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Posted 19 January 2022 - 07:06 AM
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Posted 20 January 2022 - 05:56 AM
Times Colonist - 20 Jan 2022
Lorraine Murphy looked up when she heard her son say: “What’s that idiot doing in the middle of the road?”
It was late August 2018 and Murphy was in the front passenger seat of a car driven by her son, the Crown witness testified Wednesday at Anthony Thomas ’s judge-alone trial in B.C. Supreme Court.
Thomas has pleaded not guilty to impaired driving and dangerous driving causing the death of Kim Ward on Aug. 27, 2018 and impaired driving and dangerous driving causing bodily harm to her sister, Tracy Ward.
“I didn’t see him right in the centre of the road. I saw him veering across the centre line and onto the shoulder of the opposite side of the road, and then kind of going parallel to the road on the boulevard, on the shoulder of the road,” said Murphy, who testified by video from her home in Ontario.
“I saw a person lying in the middle of the road and I saw this red SUV that had come to a stop at the other side of the road with the passenger door open and it looked like another person on the ground behind that vehicle.”
People were coming toward the scene and gathering on the other side of the road, she said. “And somebody was bent over what looked like a person at the rear end of the red vehicle.”
Posted 20 January 2022 - 04:58 PM
2022-01-19 - File #2021-15553
On October 3rd 2021 at 11:30 pm, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP frontline officers responded to multiple reports of a vehicle vs vehicle shooting near the intersection of Trunk Road and Canada Avenue, in Duncan BC. Additional police resource assisted with this investigation, including the Street Crimes Unit, General Investigation Section and the Nanaimo Forensic Section. The investigators determined that the shooting was an isolated incident and was related to drug activity in the Duncan area.
During the course of the investigation search warrants were obtained and executed on two vehicles, a residence, and a storage locker. These search warrants resulted in the seizure of a considerable quantity of cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, MDA, fentanyl, and several hundred prescription pills. On December 31 2021, 34 year old Duncan resident, Teddy Jedrasik was charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Jedrasik remains in custody on unrelated matters, however this investigation is ongoing.
We don’t expect to have shooting incidents like this in our community and thank goodness it rarely happens, but we have a strong team of police officers who have the knowledge, skill sets and determination to conduct these investigations thoroughly and professionally. I’m proud of the work our officers did on this investigation, said Staff Sergeant Aaron Jabs, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Plain Clothes Commander.
Cpl. Cari Lougheed
Media Relations Officer
North Cowichan/Duncan Detachment
Posted 21 January 2022 - 12:51 PM
2022-01-21 - File #2022-664
West Shore RCMP is seeking the help from the public in identifying an individual who allegedly threw a cup of coffee at a Tim Hortons employee.
The incident stemmed from a prior incident on January 12 when the suspect was further denied service at Tim Hortons, located at 845 Goldstream Ave in Langford, for refusing to wear a mask and also for being belligerent with staff.
On January 13, 2022, the same suspect returned inside the Tim Hortons with a cup of coffee that was previously purchased via the drive-thru. When the employee advised the suspect he was denied service based on his previous incident, the suspect then allegedly threw a cup of coffee at the employee before leaving the store.
Luckily, the staff member did not sustain any physical injuries states Cpl. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the West Shore RCMP.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.
Cst. Alex Bérubé Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
Posted 22 January 2022 - 03:55 AM
The memory of that evening, on Aug 27, 2018, brought Garrett Walters to tears as he testified by video from his home on Thursday.
Thomas has pleaded not guilty to impaired driving and dangerous driving causing the death of Kim Ward and impaired driving and dangerous driving causing bodily harm to her sister, Tracy Ward.
Walters testified that he was driving with his family from the ferry toward Victoria. To avoid traffic, he made a detour onto Central Saanich Road.
Walters pulled off to the side of the road and told everyone to remain in the car.
“Then I ran up to the scene. I got there right after it happened. It was mere moments. I looked around and observed the damage and what had happened. And there was a woman lying in the road face down, yeah.” Walters paused and took a breath.
“And there was another woman lying behind the car that had been in the accident and she was quite clearly deceased. There was a young man crouched over by her that I assumed was the driver.”
Walters noticed another young man in a green shirt standing at the passenger side of the Jeep.
“The door was open and his feet were kind of planted like he’d just gotten out of the car,” Walters recalled. “I looked up at him and asked if there was anybody else in the car. I didn’t know if the car was going to catch fire. There was a lot of smoke. He said: ‘No.’ ”
The man asked Walters if anyone had called police.
“He barely got that sentence out,” Walters said. “He was stunned. Both of them looked completely blank and that could have been shock.
“But judging by what I’d seen the vehicle do and the look on their faces, I thought they were probably on drugs.”
Posted 23 January 2022 - 04:45 AM
The case began Jan. 12 when a man was denied service at the Tim Hortons at 845 Goldstream Ave. for refusing to wear a mask and being belligerent with staff.
He returned the next day and walked inside with a cup of coffee that had been purchased at the drive-thru. When he was told he was again being denied service based on the previous incident, he allegedly threw the coffee at a staff member.
The worker was not physically hurt.
Is there a crime here? If nobody was hurt?
I'm not sure. If I thrown a chair at someone and it misses them and causes no damage to others' property, is there a crime? "Attempted assault"?
What is assault?
(b) he attempts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person, if he has, or causes that other person to believe on reasonable grounds that he has, present ability to effect his purpose; or
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 23 January 2022 - 04:53 AM.
Posted 23 January 2022 - 08:56 AM
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Posted 23 January 2022 - 10:17 PM
Posted 24 January 2022 - 11:07 AM
^ stupidity tax is working, I see.
Don't we normally call this tax "the lotteries"?
Posted 24 January 2022 - 06:20 PM
So does anyone know how long the anarchists were allowed to disrupt traffic on Douglas before being taken into custody (a move I’m sure didn’t inconvenience them for more than an hour)?
Posted 25 January 2022 - 07:18 AM
- Times Colonist
- 25 Jan 2022
The first police officers who arrived at the scene of a fatal crash on Central Saanich Road three years ago have testified that they observed nothing to indicate the driver might have been intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
Anthony Thomas has pleaded not guilty to impaired driving and dangerous driving causing the death of Kim Ward on Aug. 27, 2018, and impaired driving and dangerous driving causing bodily harm to her sister, Tracy Ward.
Kim Ward, 51, was a Victoria massage therapist who worked with some of Canada’s top athletes at two Olympic Games. At the time of her death, the sisters were visiting their mother, who lived in a residential park on Central Saanich Road.
Central Saanich police Sgt. Paul Brailey told B.C. Supreme Court that he arrived at the scene of the fatal crash moments after Const. Jessica Craig.
He saw a dead dog on the side of the road, then a red Jeep that had gone off the road and come to a stop against two bollards that were protecting a utility box.
Brailey testified that he saw Tracy Ward being cared for by two people in the middle of the road. Kim Ward was lying lifeless, directly behind the Jeep.
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