Multiple B & E suspect tracked down by Victoria police

Resident suspicious of stranger on porch gives chase, helps police nab suspect

A Victoria man who returned home to find a stranger smoking on the resident’s porch indirectly helped police track down a suspect in multiple break and enters.

The resident, who arrived at his home in the 900-block of Meares St. around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, was told by the man he was waiting for a friend.

The resident noticed damage to his front door and gave chase to the suspect while calling police.

As officers arrived, the suspect fled the scene while “threatening the homeowner with a weapon, as well as throwing large rocks at him,” Victoria police spokesperson Mike Russell said in a release.

The suspect eluded a VicPD canine unit during a two-hour search. Police later identified the man as Morgan Knull, 20. He was arrested by the Focused Enforcement Team the next day.

Knull is a suspect in multiple break-ins in the downtown core dating back to May. He faces 13 charges ranging from break-and-enter, assault, breach of court conditions and drug trafficking.

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