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Suspects in Saanich dating app extortion incident arrested

Detectives still investigating, seeking additional information
The two individuals sought were identified and arrested by Saanich police early Friday (Aug. 26) evening. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police identified and arrested two suspects related to an extortion investigation early Friday (Aug. 26) evening.

Both are facing one charge each of extortion, while one of the suspects is facing an additional charge of possession of property obtained by crime.

The two suspects created a profile, using the names “Jay” and “Oliver,” on the dating app Grindr to meet their victim last month, according to a Saanich police report.

During the conversation, the suspects gathered private and personal information about the victim in addition to providing false information. The suspects then proceeded to use the information gathered to threaten and extort their victim out of more than $2,500.

Investigators are still seeking anyone with information on the case or who may have experienced a similar situation to contact Const. Dane Nicholson of the Major Crime Unit at or by phone at 250-475-4321.

Anyone wishing to make an anonymous report can contact the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8477.

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