POLICE BRIEFS: Basketball opponent mugs teenager

Dealer round-up targets Pandora;

Victoria police hope the public can help find a suspect in a basketball court mugging last weekend.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, a teen was shooting hoops alone at Victor Brodeur school when another teen came to play. When the suspect received the ball, he threw it hard at the other teen’s face, then grabbed his gym bag, which contained a wallet and cellphone.

The suspect said he had a gun in the car and drove away. He is described as white between the ages of 17 and 18, about 5’7” tall, possibly with acne on his cheeks.

When last seen, he was wearing, a black toque and long black T-shirt, with baggy shorts.

 

Dealer round-up targets Pandora

Three people were arrested and two others face warrants after a round-up of suspected drug dealers on Pandora Avenue.

Adeline Bailey, 59, Colin Tulloch, 31, and Brian Thompson, 29, were arrested July 28 and 29 after officers went undercover and bought drugs from them.

All three were released from custody but are charged with trafficking and possession. Tulloch was re-arrested Tuesday on Pandora, for violating a no-go order.

 

Mental illness blamed for masturbation

A man pleaded mental illness when he was arrested for masturbating in public.

A neighbour called police about the man who was approaching people and houses in the 2900-block of Shakespeare Ave., near where he lives, at 9:30 p.m. on July 31.

When he was arrested, the 65-year-old man was apologetic, police said, and explained he suffered from mental illness. He was assessed by the Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team and will be referred to the Mental Health Court System.

 

Man spouts threats, standoff ensues

A man called a violent offender by police was arrested Monday after a five-hour standoff in the Hillside neighbourhood.

Officers went to the apartment building in the 2600-block of Prior St. at 4 a.m. where a man had been uttering threats. He barricaded himself inside a suite. Police got a warrant to enter the suite and arrested Cahun Walsh, 37, at 10:30 a.m.

Walsh had been at the residence a week earlier as well, and is accused of kicking in a door, then assaulting an officer in jail after his arrest. He is now also charged with uttering threats and breach of recognizance for violating a no-go order.

 

Music festivals a breeze for cops

Last weekend’s two music festivals went smoothly for Victoria police.

Symphony Splash attracted 45,000 people to the Inner Harbour on Sunday night and, as usual, brought virtually no incidents.

The Victoria Electronic Music Festival drew about 5,000 to Centennial Square on Saturday and Sunday. With five officers in the area, plus private security doing bag checks, there were few incidents. Two people were arrested for public intoxication and one fight was broken up. Last year’s festival was problematic for police.