Camper the dog

Update: The dog has been found and is home safe.

The search for a lost dog continued Saturday night following an incident the night before in downtown Victoria.

Camper, a brown Pit Bull, ran away from the scene of a violent incident Friday after a man smashed vehicle windows with a hammer in the 500-block of Pembroke Street.

The incident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday, June 11th, when VicPD were called to the 500-block of Pembroke Street for a report that a man had smashed the driver’s side window of a van with a hammer while the occupant and her dog were inside.

Officers located the suspect near the intersection of Pembroke and Government Streets. He was arrested without further incident.

Police learned that the incident began when the suspect was heard screaming on the street in the 500-block of Pembroke Street. He then smashed the windows of a parked vehicle behind the victim’s van with a hammer.

The victim attempted to flee the scene in her van. However, the suspect began smashing her vehicle windows with a hammer.

The victim and her dog then fled from her van out of the passenger side, while the van kept moving and collided with an additional parked vehicle.

The dog, frightened by the incident, ran away from the scene and has yet to be found. The victim ran to safety and alerted the police.

The lost dog is described as a brown Pit Bull named Camper, who wears a pink collar. Camper was last seen running in the 700-block of Government Street shortly after the incident.

A 40-year-old Edmonton man faces recommended charges of assault with a weapon and mischief. He was later released with a court date and conditions.

Anyone who spots Camper or has information on this incident is asked to contact VicPD at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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