Armed Robbery
(Victoria Buzz stock file)

A woman was taken into custody Sunday night after she allegedly attacked a man with a hammer then barricaded herself in a suite of a supportive housing facility on Johnson Street.

In a media release, VicPD said the incident took place at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 13th, in the 800-block of Johnson Street.

According to police, the victim of the hammer attack suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the assault, and the suspect barricaded herself within a suite of a supportive housing facility in the 800-block of Johnson Street.

The woman refused to communicate with VicPD officers so the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), including the team’s Crisis Negotiators, were called to the scene.

After several hours of attempted negotiations, GVERT officers deployed several loud distraction devices.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., the suspect exited the suite and refused to comply with police directions. Officers deployed ARWEN less-lethal munitions and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

She was transported to hospital for minor injuries and a mental health assessment. Once medically cleared, officers released the woman with a court date and conditions.

She faces recommended charges of assault with a weapon.

Anyone with 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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