VicPD arrested a man last night after it was reported that he was “aggressively” following a woman on Cook Street Wednesday night.
Shortly after 9 p.m., officers responded to reports that a man was following a woman while yelling and hitting garbage cans.
VicPD said the woman called 9-1-1 and ran from the man, and found a bystander nearby to accompany her to safety.
Officers located the suspect in the area, detained him and searched him for weapons.
The suspect was in possession of a knife, breaching the conditions of his probation not to possess weapons of any kind.
VicPD reported that the man had a previous assault causing bodily harm when he randomly struck a man in Victoria with a wooden stick in 2020.
Officers arrested the man for breaking his probation and transported him to hospital due to a medical issue. He was evaluated and held under the Mental Health Act.
The man faces charges of breach of probation and the file remains under investigation.
VicPD reported that this incident follows several recent, unrelated, incidents where women have been targeted in attacks or followed.