Arrest made in beach pipe bomb hoax

18-year-old Victoria man may be charged with mischief

An 18-year-old Victoria man may be charged with mischief in relation to a pipe bomb incident which closed a section of Beach Drive for four hours in March.

On March 24, Oak Bay resident Tai Orser, his brother and cousins discovered what appeared to be a pipe bomb with a cell phone, nine volt battery and two wire leads attached. The boys contacted police who secured the area while members from the RCMP explosives disposal and technology section attended the scene to disable the device that did not detonate.

The remnants underwent forensic examination and the investigation led police to evidence that identified the owner of one of the items that was part of the pipe bomb hoax.

“There was a piece with a serial number on it, and from that item used to build the device, we were able to trace it back to the owner,” said Oak Bay Chief Constable Mark Fisher.

On May 16, Oak Bay Police Department investigators located and interviewed the 18-year-old Victoria man. During the interview the suspect admitted responsibility for creating the hoax bomb and throwing it in the ocean near the public beach, said Fisher.

“He built it and decided he wanted to dispose of it and didn’t know what to do,” Fisher added. The young man then decided to get rid of the device by throwing it into the ocean near where it washed up on March 24. “He thought it was the safest way to get rid of it,” he said.

The 18-year-old, who cannot be identified as he has yet to be charged, admitted his guilt to Oak Bay officers, “once presented with the evidence,” Fisher said. Criminal charges of mischief against the man have been forwarded to the Crown Counsel for consideration.The young man has no previous criminal record, Fisher added.

Just Posted

Greater Victoria teachers experienced more than 30 incidents of violence from students in one month

Shuttered behavioural programs, lack of resources creates challenges for local schools

Canadian alcohol policy gets failing grade from UVic researchers

Canadian provinces and territories collectively achieved less than half of their potential to reduce alcohol related harm

Esquimalt High robotics team heads to international competition

The Esquimalt Atom Smashers will participate in the FIRST Robotics Canada competition

Island playoffs underway at Oak Bay High

Home team vies for fifth straight Island title

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

Most Read