On Tuesday night, 22-year-old Aaron Locke was coming home from a downtown Victoria pub, a route he has taken many times, when a woman allegedly began to follow him. According to Locke she was brandishing what appeared to be a weapon and would not let him pass. The two exchanged words, and in moments he says he found himself surrounded by approximately eight men who had come out of Tent City.
Yesterday, Locke’s friend posted the following photo and comment on the Victoria Buzz Facebook Page:
The post was widely shared over social media, and Locke explained repeatedly in comments below, that he had been minding his own business and had done nothing to provoke the attack that followed.
He was apparently punched in the face and kicked on the ground by the men. Those that had ambushed him were wearing hoods and their faces were obscured. They allegedly called him a “Nazi” possibly due to his alopecia condition. He escaped to a nearby apartment building and police were called. In the attack his cellphone had also been taken.
Although police visited Tent City about the incident, they have so far been unable to identify any suspects and no arrests have been made.
A Victoria Buzz fan and nearby resident left the following comment:
CTV news interviewed Locke following the violent attack: