Teams of youths attacking folks in downtown Victoria

Massive teams of youths have been coming into downtown on Friday and Saturday nights to drink and take medicine, police say. A few of the youths have been attacking strangers.

Victoria police say they’re ­coping with a surge in youth crime and violence downtown, together with vandalism, assaults with weapons and random assaults on the aged, homeless, enterprise homeowners and passersby.

VicPD mentioned in a press release giant teams of youth from ­surrounding municipalities have begun coming into downtown on Friday and Saturday nights to eat alcohol and medicines.

Some nights, police mentioned there have been 150 youth in teams of varied sizes.

VicPD Patrol and ­Group Companies Division officers have been responding to greater than two dozen requires violent offences, together with assaults with weapons, assaults on the aged and unhoused group and, in a single case, the swarming of a police officer.

There have additionally been ­quite a few reviews of mischief, vandalism and property injury, in addition to open consumption of alcohol and medicines by underage youth creating “medical­ ­incidents.”

Police famous a number of the teams have began gathering on weekdays.

VicPD gave examples of what its officers have handled:

Friday, Might 6

• A gaggle of 100 youths have been within the space of Authorities and Douglas streets, with a few of them leaping on automotive roofs, kicking automotive doorways and damaging transit indicators.

• A pair have been swarmed by a bunch of 20 youths within the ­ 900 block of Douglas Road. The couple have been randomly attacked, with youths grabbing one of many victims by the throat and ­putting her, whereas persevering with to beat and kick the opposite member of the couple. The couple have been capable of break free and flee, calling 911 as soon as they have been secure. The couple suffered accidents which didn’t require medical consideration.

• Officers have been alerted to a bunch preventing close to Douglas Road and Pandora Avenue. Youths surrounded and commenced harassing two unhoused folks. Throughout the confrontation, one of many unhoused individuals struck one of many youths within the face with a flashlight after which fled.

The injured youth, who was intoxicated, suffered ­facial ­accidents. He declined medical remedy and was pushed house to his Langford residence and launched to a guardian.

• Patrol officers have been flagged down close to View and Douglas streets for a youth who was mendacity within the street with hand accidents. Officers found a feminine youth, displaying clear indicators of intoxication and ­struggling ­non-life-threatening hand ­accidents.

As officers investigated, they discovered she had been a part of a bunch that swarmed and assaulted two folks. One of many victims was struck within the face and each victims fled to a automobile.

The group surrounded and commenced kicking and punching the automobile, inflicting vital injury. The victims drove away from the realm. The feminine youth was transported to hospital by paramedics.

Monday, April 25

• A enterprise proprietor was swarmed and sprayed with bear spray when a bunch of youths started preventing exterior his retailer within the 1100 block of Douglas Road. A number of youths stole knives from the shop after the proprietor was sprayed.

Two youths, ­recognized in ­earlier assaults, have been arrested for assault with a weapon and theft.

The sufferer sustained ­non-life-threatening accidents.

Saturday, April 23

• A 70-year-old man was swarmed by a bunch of 25 youths within the 1200 block of Douglas Road. The person was attacked by a bunch of 5 or 6 youths, who started hitting, punching and spitting on the person. The sufferer suffered vital facial accidents within the incident which required medical remedy.

Friday, April 22

Officers have been alerted a few male youth armed with a knife and bear spray, after a report {that a} group of youths have been assaulting one another with bear spray within the 1300-block of Douglas Road. When arrested, a bunch of 14 youths swarmed the arresting officer in an try to forestall the youth’s arrest. The youth was transported to VicPD cells and issued a violation ticket for hashish possession. The weapons have been seized for destruction and the youth turned over to the custody of a guardian.

VicPD mentioned it’s working with regional companions together with the Better Victoria Faculty District and different police forces to interact with the youths and their households.

“Officers have discovered that some mother and father are offering their youngsters with bear spray and alcohol when their youngsters have expressed a want to carry knives and medicines into Victoria’s downtown,” mentioned the VIcPD assertion. “Officers are informing mother and father that the sort of strategy is unhelpful and is as an alternative resulting in elevated violence and injury.”

As a part of the response, VicPD mentioned its officers might be making their presence identified at key places in downtown Victoria, posting these places to social media with the hashtag #VicPDLive.

“A number of of the youths concerned have advised officers that they consider that they won’t face legal expenses for his or her actions,” mentioned VicPD spokesperson Const. Cam MacIntyre. “A few of these youth are conducting violent, random assaults and have advised officers that they consider that they are going to face no penalties for his or her illegal actions. They’re mistaken. Officers are arresting and recommending expenses, which may have vital and unfavorable life-long impacts.”

If you happen to see a bunch assaulting folks or damaging property, name 911. If in case you have any details about these incidents, name 250-995-7654 ext 1.

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