Security guard beaten with own flashlight in downtown Victoria

Victoria man tracked down, arrested four hours after attack

A 46-year-old Victoria man remains in Victoria police custody, suspected of beating an off-duty security guard downtown Monday night.

The guard was waiting at a Douglas Street bus stop near city hall at about 11 p.m., when a man threw something at him and told him to “get lost,” according to VicPD spokesman Const. Mike Russell.

The suspect ultimately pushed the guard to the ground and hit him in the face. The guard retrieved his flashlight and hit the attacker once in defence, but the man overpowered the guard, grabbed the flashlight and used it to beat his victim.

After the beating stopped, two bystanders who witnessed the incident came to the aid of the victim and called 911. The attacker approached again and further yelled at the guard.

The victim was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police officers searching downtown having been given a good description of the suspect, arrested him at 3:30 a.m.

ddescoteau@vicnews.com