Man could be charged in downtown Victoria stabbing death

Joshua Tyler Bredo will likely be charged in connection with stabbing death of Daniel James Levesque

Daniel J. Levesque plays at the Baja Surf Grill in Victoria in early July. He was killed in a double-stabbing incident in an upscale condo on Cormorant Street on Aug. 3.

Joshua Tyler Bredo could be charged with in connection with the stabbing death of Daniel Jordan Levesque on Wednesday (Aug. 3)

Bredo, 26, of Victoria, appeared at a telebail hearing Thursday evening. Police forwarded a murder charge against Bredo, but Crown counsel has yet to approve that charge.

At about 5 p.m., someone from the Corazon apartment building at 732 Cormorant St. called 911. Police and paramedics attended the scene. Levesque and Bredo were both rushed to Victoria General Hospital with stab wounds, where Levesque, 20, later died from his injuries.

Const. Mike Russell called the scene “chaotic” when officers arrived. Initially, police had difficulties gaining access to the building, due to its security system.

“It was frustrating when we first got there, but it didn’t take very long for us to get into the building,” he said.

Eventually, a resident leaving the building let officers inside.

When they arrived at the suite, both men were bleeding. Levesque was in critical condition; he later died at  hospital. Bredo was in serious condition, but was conscious. He was released from hospital later Wednesday night and was transferred directly to police custody.

Levesque recently moved to Victoria from Revelstoke. According to a Facebook post, he came to the capital to pursue music. He was an active songwriter, and sang and played guitar recently at the Baja Surf Grill on Yates Street. He also recently had a poem published in youth-oriented Scratch Magazine, called “The Man Without Jewels.

Neither man had a history of run-ins with Victoria police.

Russell said, “We don’t have any indication of motive right now. Our officers are waiting to interview this male and see where the investigation goes from there.”

Russell couldn’t confirm whether weapons were found in the suite, or what might have been used in the attack.

This is the second homicide in Victoria or Esquimalt in 2011 – Gilles Alain Thibodeau, 41, died after an assault at the City Metro Suites motel at 2828 Rock Bay Ave. on March 22. Jason Robert Van Winkle was arrested and charged for murder in that incident.

ecardone@vicnews.com

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