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Victoria Police arrested a man on Friday afternoon after two separate, random attacks targeting women.

According to a media release from VicPD, one incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on March 19th in the area of Johnson and Wharf Streets.

According to police, a man approached a woman and punched her without provocation.

Several bystanders followed the suspect and detained him until officers arrived. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the assault.

The suspect was arrested for assault and was transported to VicPD cells where he was held to await court. While at the cells, the suspect assaulted a police officer.

The officer was not physically injured in the assault.

During the investigation, officers learned of a second random assault involving the same suspect which had occurred shortly before the attack.

According to police, the suspect allegedly approached a pregnant woman in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue and punched her without provocation.

The victim was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

In addition, VicPD learned that the man was in breach of a conditional sentence order stemming from a conviction for assault causing bodily harm after a random, unprovoked assault on a woman near Douglas and Johnson Streets in 2019.

This victim also suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident.

The man faces several recommended charges including two counts of assault, one count of assaulting a police officer, and one count of breach of a conditional sentence order.

This file remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident and have not spoken with investigators are asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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