Teens rob, assault people across Esquimalt

Five assaults and one robbery on adults and children alike in Esquimalt last weekend are just the latest incidents involving unruly teens in the township, police say.

“There’s about 10 youths we’ve been in contact with” in the past month, said Sgt. Grant Hamilton.

On Friday, calls about a group of four to six teens began pouring in to VicPD’s dispatch centre at 9:30 p.m.

A man and woman were approached on the West Bay Marina footpath by three teens with bandanas over their faces, who demanded cash. One pulled a knife and the 55-year-old man’s finger was cut.

Next, a group of teens tried to rob a 34-year-old Esquimalt man on a bike at Dunsmuir Road and Head Street. When the cyclist refused to hand over his money, the teens pulled him to the ground and hit him.

Soon thereafter, a 30-year-old Esquimalt man was punched in the same block when he didn’t provide the teens with a cigarette.

By 10 p.m., police were notified a 10-year-old boy was punched in the face by one in a group of teens, while walking with his mom near Tim Hortons in the 800 block of Esquimalt Road.

Before 11, a 14-year-old boy was sucker-punched while walking home with his mom in the 800 block of Dunsmuir.

Police brought in a canine unit to track the teens and arrested two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old. Officers think between one and three other teens were involved.

The teens are not believed to live in Esquimalt. One gave officers a Sooke address.

Mischief among youth isn’t a problem endemic to Esquimalt, or any community, said Meagan Brame, an Esquimalt councillor and mother of two teens.

“There’s good youth and there’s troubled youth in every community,” Brame said. “It flares up and it flares down, but I wouldn’t paint it as Esquimalt’s problem.”

The teens, Hamilton said, are not related to previous incidents in the past four weeks involving youth getting into trouble. Instead, there’s a problem in Esquimalt where parents aren’t minding their teens.

On Jan. 27, VicPD officers arrested a 17 year old but were eluded by others after a break-in at Rockheights middle school. It was the second break-in at the school in two days.

On Jan. 26, a window at Macaulay elementary was smashed and on the 27th, the boards covering the open window were set ablaze using diesel fuel.

Also on Jan. 26, an elderly woman living in the 1000 block of Munro Street heard glass smash as a large rock came flying through her bedroom window. A 16-year-old was arrested.

Earlier, on Jan. 7, the tires of 31 vehicles, including four police cars, were slashed with a knife. The slashings happened at VicPD’s West Division and near the Archie Browning Sports Centre. Four teens were arrested, age 14 and 16.

“Whether it’s the demographics of Esquimalt, we’re not sure,” Hamilton said, “but there’s definitely more of a problem with youth.”

ecardone@vicnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘The face of Belmont’: Custodial staff at Langford school pivot to support parents, students

Staff serve as point of contact for parents, students with school

Sooke temporary homeless shelter packs up early

Occupants to leave facility by June 22

Name of victims ‘ripped down’ from Victoria display

Organizers feel the act is ‘malicious’

Government Street becomes pedestrian-priority corridor

One block of downtown street closed to cars entirely

Greater Victoria transit usage sees gradual rise

Ridership still down 66 per cent compared to last year

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

POLL: Are you sending your children back to school this month?

Classrooms looked decidedly different when students headed back to school for the… Continue reading

Cortes Island affordable housing project hangs by a thread

Regional decision makers resort to COVID-19 concerns despite virtual meeting option and push hearing to September

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

North Island recreation camping site closed due to vandalism

Damage happens every year, forcing site manager to reallocate improvement budget to repairs

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Seniors to receive up to $500 in promised COVID-19 emergency aid in early July

The Liberal government first promised the extra help in mid-May, but had to create a new system to deliver the aid

VIDEO: Revelstoke bear wanders into Animal House pet store

Staff got ready to chase it out with a broom

Man found dead in his tent at Island homeless camp

Facebook posts tell of personal struggles and attempts to stay clean and sober

Most Read