Woman attacked with knife in Oak Bay home

Woman attacked with knife in Oak Bay home

Manhunt continues after Victoria woman slashed inside her home

Police resources continue to pour into the case of a woman attacked by a stranger in her own home Tuesday morning.

On April 25 around 7 a.m. police responded to a 9-1-1 call, which police believe came from the woman found in the home on Esplanade, indicating she was attacked with a machete. The woman suffered injuries from an “edged weapon” police say “may have been a machete.”

Police interviewed the woman Wednesday evening and she confirmed, she heard noises and discovered an unknonw man in her kitchen.

“The woman confronted the unknown male and an altercation took place resulting in the woman being struck several times with an edged weapon, which may have been a machete,” police said in a news release April 27.

Police say members from both Oak Bay and Saanich police departments are working to find the suspect described as a white man in his 20s wearing a brown jacket, khaki pants and a blue and white bandana.

*****

Lock your doors and remain vigilant, say police as the manhunt continues after a woman was slashed in her home Tuesday morning in Oak Bay.

On April 25 around 7 a.m. police responded to a 9-1-1 call, which police believe came from the woman found in the home on Esplanade, indicating she was attacked with a machete. The woman suffered injuries from an “edged weapon” and her injuries are so significant detectives from Saanich’s Major Crime Unit have been unable to interview her.

“The victim, a 45 year old woman, remains in hospital recovering from her injuries,” police said in a news release. “Detective from the Major Crime Unit have been unable to interview her due to her medical condition.”

“Events like this are extremely uncommon however we would like to remind people they should remain vigilant,” police said today. “Residents should ensure they lock their doors and report any suspicious activities in the area to the Oak Bay Police at 250-592-2424 or if it’s an emergency call 9-1-1.”

Despite the warnings, residents remain calm.

The $2.6 million house along Esplanade Avenue where the woman was assaulted remained surrounded by bright yellow police tape Tuesday and appeared vacant with a lone patrol car stationed on the avenue.

Willows Beach remained as busy as ever and neighbours appeared unaffected by the incident. In a neighbourhood where most people know each other, local residents said they knew nothing about the people living in the home.

Although no one wanted to be named, everyone asked said they were “not scared” or afraid. They felt this was an isolated incident but speculated on the reason behind the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4356 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

********** previous story

The house along Esplanade Avenue where a woman was assaulted with a sharp edged blade on Tuesday, April 25 is still surrounded by bright yellow police tape. The $2.6 million house appears vacant and a lone patrol car is stationed on the avenue with an officer is present.

Willows Beach is as busy as ever and the neighbours from the surrounding area who walk their dogs along the beach are unaffected by the incident. In a neighbourhood where most people know each other, the local residents said they knew nothing about the people who lived in the house. It was also stated that the home had been sold a number of times.

Although no one wanted to be named, everyone who was asked said they were “nor scared” or afraid. They felt this was an isolated incident but speculated on the reason behind the attack.

“The police response was quick and co-ordinated,” said Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen. “Our thoughts are with the victim and her family hoping for a speedy recovery.”

Police have yet to provide updates today as officers from three Greater Victoria detachments continue to hunt for a heavily-built man in his 20s after a woman was attacked in her Oak Bay home with an ‘edged’ weapon.

“Police arrived within minutes and entered the house where we met with a 45-year-old female who had suffered significant injuries to her upper body,” Sgt. Rob Smith, Oak Bay police said Tuesday afternoon. “A man unknown to the resident entered her home. At some point he was confronted by the resident and a struggle ensued.”

Oak Bay police recommend residents “be aware” and maintain “vigilance” to surroundings after a violent attack in a home on Esplanade this morning.

At 7 a.m. April 25 a 9-1-1 call, which police believe came from the woman in the home on Esplanade, indicated she was attacked with a machete.

Oak Bay police and fire departments as well as BC Ambulance Service responded and provided first aid.The woman suffered injuries from an “edged weapon” and was in surgery this afternoon, said Smith.

“We have no indication that the community is in danger at all but the man is still out there and he did show violent tendencies this morning,” Smith said. “We have no idea if this was targeted or completely random.”

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s with a heavy build, brown jacket, dark pants and a baseball cap wearing a light blue and white handkerchief around his neck.

Willows Beach is heavily used area in the mornings and police hope someone there may have information to share.

“We’re hoping somebody saw something out of the ordinary this morning,” Smith said.

Under a service agreement, Saanich Police Major Crimes now take over the investigation. They can be reached at 250-475-4321.

Elementary schools in the area were put in a hold and secure pattern as a precaution.

more to come…

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Just Posted

A bathtub kitchen garden is part of the lineup for this year’s Teeny Tiny Garden Tour to benefit Victoria Hospice. (Screenshot/Teeny Tiny Garden Tour)
Virtual garden tour for Victoria Hospice features trio of back yards

Online tour is free; calendar purchase and donation options raise money for the cause

The Town of Sidney supports efforts to rename Reay Creek to KELSET, its traditional SENCOTEN name. (Black Press Media file photo)
Town of Sidney signs off on Reay Creek name change to KELSET

Name change does not affect surrounding parkland, but public supports doing so

The Pool at the Esquimalt Rec Centre. (Courtesy of theTownship of Esquimalt/ Facebook)
Esquimalt Rec Centre restarting everyone welcome swim times later this month

The 90-minute sessions will be on select evenings and weekends

Steve Mann and Tim Hackett consider Marigold Lands their finest development. (Rendering courtesy Marigold Lands)
Marigold residences grow more townhouses and condos in Central Saanich

50 condos, 14 townhouses up next for project adjacent to Pat Bay Highway

Norman Mogensen sets up strings for his beans in his plot in the Oak Bay community gardens. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay gardener spends decades cultivating, improving daddy’s beans

85-year-old vegan part of the community gardens scene

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read