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Police Briefs: ATM holdup, downtown stabbing, missing woman

Apr 24 2012

Video surveillance coupled with a man’s long history with police got him arrested less than an hour after a robbery this past weekend.

Victoria police nabbed a 45-year-old suspect at his Queens Avenue home after an incident that took place just a few blocks away early Saturday morning at the 7-Eleven store at Bay and Blanshard streets. Police had immediately recognized the man from the video footage.

The man is a suspect in the robbery of 34-year-old Sooke man about 3:30 a.m. in the store’s parking lot. The victim had just withdrawn money from the store’s bank machine when the robbery occurred.

He believed his assailant had a gun, but police were unable to confirm the presence of a weapon.

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A 35-year-old man seriously injured in a Sunday afternoon stabbing is expected to make a full recovery.

Victoria police said the man wandered into the Ocean Island Inn at Pandora Avenue and Blanshard Street about 4 p.m. with a serious wound to his abdomen. Staff called 9-1-1.

When police arrived, they were told the suspect was walking away along Blanshard. He was quickly arrested, and a charge of aggravated assault is being recommended.

Police believe the two men know each other.

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The Victoria Police Department is appealing for help in finding 74-year-old Diane Bates, who has been missing for close to three weeks.

Police were informed a few days ago that Bates, who goes by the name Sophie, had not been seen for some time. She has a history of mental illness and has no local contacts.

Bates is five-foot-four with a slender build and straight, collar-length hair. She often pushes a shopping cart with a purple cat carrier, and could possibly have two cats with her.

Contact Victoria police at 250-995-7654 with any information.