An aggressive incident was captured on video this evening in Centennial Park with a suspect attempting to assault the CRD By-Law Officer after being asked to leave the park after a separate alleged earlier assault attempt. This was the 2nd incident witnessed with the suspect attempting to assault the By-Law Officer.
This video was of the 2nd incident after the suspect left the scene and then returned, attempted to throw a football at the By-Law Officer at full force at short-range but missed, then this incident was captured on video.
Community members have been increasingly concerned about large groups of citizens gathering in the park, openly consuming alcohol and leaving significant amounts of trash and garbage in open park areas. At the time of this incident there was a group of 25+ people who appeared to be drinking alcohol in and around park benches, tables, trees and bushes while at the same time other community members were setting up for this evening's open air performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. There has been an increase in homelessness on the island with numerous community members needing stable, affordable housing, mental and physical health support as well as addiction support.
The 36-year-old suspect was apprehended by the RCMP, transported to the Salt Spring Island RCMP detachment, charged with assault and has since been released. He is expected to appear in court in January 2021. The full investigative findings will be presented to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of appropriate charges.
Caution, video of the incident contains offensive language.