A Saanich man who was carrying a large knife and a hatchet on Blanshard St. was arrested Saturday evening, police said in a news release.
Investigators reported that the man had been in an earlier altercation and was probably out for revenge.
“Our investigation discovered that he was in the area looking for possible retaliation,” said Sgt. Steve Eassie of the Saanich Police. “He indicated that he had been ‘jumped.’
“(After the altercation) he went home and obtained the weapons, and then returned. Thankfully, he didn’t locate anybody.”
A concerned citizen called the police after spotting the knife wielding man who appeared to be “alone, angry, and walking with a purpose.”
The 39-year-old suspect was released and will appear in court on a later date. Charges suggested to the Crown are assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and possession of a concealed weapon.
Sgt. Eassie expressed his gratitude to the alert citizen who allowed police to bring a swift end to the situation.
“Most people have a cellphone and it’s very easy for them to call 911. If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.”