Police track down wanted Saanich man

A wanted man who Saanich police had been looking for since Aug. 20 was arrested Saturday with the assistance of two dog units.

A wanted man who Saanich police had been looking for since Aug. 20 was arrested early Saturday morning with the assistance of two canine units.

Saanich police were called about a serious single-vehicle crash just after 11 p.m on Friday (Sept. 6) from a resident near Petworth and Kerryview drives near Prospect Lake. The car left the road, struck a rock face and flipped onto its side.

Minutes later, police were called by another area resident who said someone was ringing her doorbell and banging on her front door. The resident told police she was the victim of a domestic violence incident on Aug. 20 that resulted in police asking for the public’s assistance in locating her boyfriend, who had yet to be found.

Canine units from both Saanich and Victoria police departments attended the rural property to track the scent.

Officers were searching for the man in parked vehicles on the property, when they heard a noise coming from an RV. The suspect was located hiding on the roof of the vehicle and was arrested without incident.

Greig Fredrik Wikoren, 44, was wanted by police since Aug. 20 on allegations of domestic violence.

“This is a fabulous find for us, considering the number of attempts we’ve made to locate this individual. The fact that he’s continually evaded our attempts to locate him, there’s little doubt in our minds he didn’t know police were actively seeking to speak with him. He had ample opportunities to turn himself in,” said Sgt. Steve Eassie. “The fact he attempted to contact the victim a further time only shows his lack of judgment.”

Eassie said items belonging to Wikoren were located inside the car that flipped. The vehicle was a rental, and police believe speed was a contributing factor in the crash.

Wikoren was expected to appear in court on Monday. He is expected to face multiple breach-related charges.

kslavin@saanichnews.com