Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Victoria woman who is wanted by police also running for city council


One of Victoria’s candidates running for city council is wanted by VicPD after she allegedly fled police and nearly ran several officers over.  

In the midst of her campaign to be a City of Victoria City Councillor, VicPD say Riga Godron is a wanted woman related to an incident which occurred on Canada Day. 

On Wednesday evening, VicPD released a community update that 44-year-old Riga Godron is wanted in a July incident where she allegedly obstructed and fled from a police officer, as well as driving without due care and attention.

On July 1st, bike officers patrolling James Bay were notified that there was a car parked improperly in the 300 block of Dallas Road, and it was impeding traffic flow. 

Officers located a large truck with a camper in the bed, but the driver was absent, so they proceeded to call in a tow truck. 

According to VicPD, shortly after the tow truck was called, officers noticed a woman filming them from across the street—she approached the officers claiming to be the vehicle owner and demanding they block traffic so she could leave. 

She disregarded the officers direction to stay put and got into the vehicle, started it and backed up—causing the officers to leap out of the way, according to VicPD.

The vehicle was spotted downtown and driving dangerously on Blanshard Street. VicPD Patrol and Integrated Canine Service (ICS K9) officers were able to box in the truck on the 600-block of Pandora, near where Victoria’s inner harbour Canada Day celebrations were being held.


Although not identified as the perpetrator in the original media release from VicPD, it is now alleged that this was Riga Godron, a City of Victoria city council candidate in the upcoming election. 

She is described as a Caucasian woman, 44-years-old, medium build, about 160 pounds, with black hair and green eyes. 

If you see Riga Godron, do not approach her, and call 911. 

If you have information about where Riga Godron may be, contact VicPD at (250) 995-7654. To report anonymously, please call Greater Victoria CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

Curtis Blandy

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