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Teen faces assault, weapons charges after drunken brawl

Mar 27 2012

A 19-year-old Esquimalt teen is facing assault with a weapon charges after a stabbing Friday night, the culmination of a drunken brawl between about a dozen youth.

Victoria police were called just before midnight from a resident who said a large group of rowdy teens and people in their 20s were fighting near Macaulay and Dunsmuir streets.

When officers arrived, several teens dispersed. Police found a 22-year-old man bleeding from the hand and arm after being stabbed, and a 17-year-old girl who was injured after being hit.

While officers recovered the knife, the victims were unco-operative, police spokesman Mike Tucker said.

Investigators were able to identify the alleged 19-year-old assailant and arrested him at his home on Lyall Street. There was also a 15-year-old at the residence who was found to be in breach of court conditions, although Tucker could not say what those were.

The 15-year-old was taken back to the police station, where he allegedly assaulted a jail guard. He is facing charges of court breaches and assaulting a peace officer.

The name of the 19-year-old was not released because charges have not been sworn, and the 15-year-old's identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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