(Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

VicPD arrest man at Victoria’s Inner Harbour for allegedly assaulting vendors with metal pole

A vendor took non-life-threatening injuries as a result

Victoria Police arrested a man for assaulting Inner Harbour vendors with a metal pole on Saturday, July 31.

Several officers responded to the intersection of Government and Belleville streets at 4:30 p.m. and immediately located the pole-wielding man who had allegedly been assaulting vendors and members of the public on the lower causeway of the inner harbour.

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Police drew their guns and taser weapons as they confronted the 31-year-old man, who was physically apprehended after failing to comply with them. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to VicPD cells without further incident, according to a VicPD press release.

A male vendor was assaulted and his stall damaged by the suspect, leaving the victim with non-life-threatening injuries, according to VicPD. The suspect faces charges of assault with a weapon, mischief and breach of a release order following his transport to police cells.

Anyone with information can contact VicPD at 250-995-7654, ext. 1, or report anonymously to Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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