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Sooke RCMP are investigating an altercation that took place in the 1600 block of Whiffin Spit Road in Sooke in the early hours of July 15.

During the altercation, a 23-year-old Sooke resident received several stab wounds to his lower body which are believed to be non life-threatening.

A 30-year-old man, also a Sooke resident, was arrested a short time later.  He has been charged with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm. The suspect’s name is not being released.

Sooke RCMP were assisted by the RCMP’s Island District General investigation Service, Forensic Identification Service and the Police Dog Service.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information on this, or any other crime is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or the Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241.


Local RCMP set up a roadblock on Whiffin Spit and Sooke Road in an attempt to nab a prowler on the afternoon of July 9. Police received two separate calls stating a man was trespassing onto properties, trying different doors and peering into residences in the Whiffin Spit area.

According to Staff Sgt. Steve Wright, the suspect was described as a man, in a black tank top and grey shorts. “Since we had a description of the suspect, we set up at Whiffin Spit and Hwy. 14, just checking cars in case our suspect was leaving the area.”

Police were in the area from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and had assistance from a police dog, but did not locate the suspect. Wright advised residents to report any suspicious activity, and to keep doors on residences and vehicles locked.

“In our experience, thieves are looking for unlocked doors to enter, they’re not breaking in, they’re just looking for easy access to a vehicle,” he said. “Sometimes they’ll steal a garage door opener and break into a house that way.”

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