VicPD Cruiser Downtown

One man was arrested after he challenged police officers to a fight after a failed attempt to hijack a car Thursday afternoon.

Shortly after 2 p.m., on August 24th, officers responded to a report that a man had thrown rocks through two separate windows at a government building in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue. 

On the way to the call, police received additional reports that the man had then attempted to steal a vehicle. 

The man reached into the vehicle, which was parked near Quadra and Mason Streets, and attempted to take the keys from the woman inside. 

The woman was able to retain the keys and drive away from the scene, while the man kicked at her car. 

Thankfully, the woman was not physically injured.

When officers arrived, the man had returned to throwing rocks at the windows of the government building. 

After being informed that he was under arrest, the man attempted to leave the area on foot and then challenged officers to a physical fight.

Officers deployed a taser on the man before taking him into custody without further incident. 

Once in custody, the man made a number of concerning statements to officers and was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to hospital for a mental health assessment. 

He will face recommended charges of attempted robbery and mischief. 

Anyone with information about this incident that has not yet spoken with officers 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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