An assault in Saanich resulted in a punctured lung and an arrest on Halloween night.
At around 11 p.m. on Thursday October 31st, Saanich police attended the scene of an ongoing fight on Lansdowne Road at Aldridge Street, in which alcohol is believed to have been a factor.
When police arrived, most of the people involved fled the scene. Police were able to identify the victim, a 20-year-old Victoria resident, who had attempted to stop a fight between two women.
He was then assaulted by a man who stabbed him with a screwdriver. The victim had to be hospitalized with several injuries, scratches, and a collapsed lung due to the puncture. Police say he is in critical but stable condition.
A 24-year-old man was arrested in connection with the assault, and the Saanich K9 unit was able to locate the screwdriver in bushes nearby.
Police are now recommending charges of Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Fail to Comply with Recognizance, and Fail to Comply with Probation.