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Trio of knife incidents keep Victoria police busy

Mar 06 2012

Victoria police are on the hunt for a suspect in a weekend stabbing at Douglas and View Streets. It was one of a trio of knife-related incidents, all linked to arguments over women, keeping police busy in recent days.

The Douglas/View attack happened about 10 p.m. Saturday, outside the McDonald’s restaurant. Police said an “ongoing conflict” between a 27-year-old man and a 31-year-old turned violent as the younger man was stabbed in the back.

Victoria police Const. Mike Russell said investigators know who the 31-year-old is and are trying to locate him.

The stabbing victim required brief hospital treatment.

Russell said the Douglas/View area has become the focus of added police attention, who are targeting drug dealers and violent incidents. “Officers have been noting an increased level of violence around Douglas and View,” he said.

The Saturday incident followed a pair of disturbances Friday, beginning in the afternoon when a 51-year-old man was arrested at the Scotsman Motel on Gorge Road East. He is accused of threatening two people, both known to him, with a kitchen knife, said Russell.

Donald Beesley was arrested and faces two charges of assault with a weapon and two charges of uttering threats.

The third incident happened Friday night at a home on Fifth Street, again involving men with a personal conflict.

A 39-year-old resident of the home is facing a charge of assault causing bodily harm. A 37-year-old man who was stabbed is a facing a charge of breaking into the home, and also a charge of assault.

Both are scheduled for court appearances April 12.

jwbell@timescolonist.com