On December 14th Salt Spring RCMP officers responded to two incidents in Centennial Park within a few hours of each other.
The first incident was reported as a possible fight involving two men. RCMP members arrived on scene and separated the combatants. It was determined that the best resolution was to separate the two. One man was given a ride from the scene by police to another location of their request. The man agreed to stay away from the area, and would cause no further concerns.
Approximately 2 hours later another incident was reported near Centennial Park. This time it was reported that a window of a local business had been broken. Upon arrival at the scene, the RCMP member saw two men arguing on the sidewalk. The smashed window of Strong River Studios has been boarded up as a result of the incident.
The RCMP member easily identified one of the men as the same man driven from the scene earlier who agreed not to return. Witnesses on scene identified this man as having thrown an item through the business window, shattering it.
This is an unfortunate and unnecessary incident says Sgt Clive Seabrook, Salt Spring RCMP Detachment Commander. This man was given a ride to another location by the police, told to avoid the area and instead he decided to return, causing a scene and breaking a window.
The Salt Spring man was arrested without incident and transported to the Salt Spring Detachment. He is now facing charges of Mischief Under $5000, and is scheduled to appear in Salt Spring Island court in March 2021. He was released on conditions not to attend Centennial Park.