(Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

UPDATE: ‘My husband is my hero’

Man faces charges after homeowner detains suspect in Oak Bay break and enter

A 21-year-old man who is “known to police” is facing charges after an altercation in an Oak Bay home Thursday.

Police were called to the 2000 block of Crescent Road on Thursday (Jan. 25) around 5 p.m. for a report of a break and enter in progress.

“The homeowners confronted someone who was in their house without their permission,” said Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties, Oak Bay police.

Anna Johnston had just returned home from work. After saying hello to her husband, Luke Johnston, and her 16-year-old daughter, she let their dog out the back door. Noticing the sliding glass door of their home office was open she went out to close it. There, she found a 6’6” intruder wearing their clothes and stealing her daughter’s wallet, wireless speaker, and other items.

Anna stood in the doorway and called her husband upstairs telling him to come to the office from inside the house. She then called 911.

“My husband repeatedly asked him to leave. He wouldn’t leave. Luke tried to get him out the door but he was resisting so my husband tackled him and held him on the ground. He sat on him until the police arrived,” said Anna.

When police arrived they learned the man had several conditions stemming from previous criminal charges.

“The weird part was that his grandfather was yelling from the road. I don’t know why his grandfather was here. He kept saying he was taking him to the ferry,” said Anna.

Oak Bay police are recommending charges of break and enter, breach of conditions and other possible charges including assault.

The suspect had visible injuries and was treated at hospital.

“It’s believed the injuries occurred during the physical alteration with the homeowner,” said Bernoties. Police say the suspect is believed to have some addiction issues and is known to police.

The Johnstons commended the quick police response and were grateful for the support of their neighbours.

“This neighbourhood is wonderful. We’ve got a great group of people. Everyone looks out for one another. When we screamed for help, our neighbours were right there. A neighbour doctor came and made sure my husband Luke was OK.” said Anna.

“My husband is my hero. My daughter also. She ran out to get the neighbour, so that was a really wonderful move on her part,” said Anna.

Victim Services called the family this morning to offer support, and Anna said she will be ramping up security, including (jokingly) trading in her dog for a better guard dog.

“I do have a dog. He could have been a little more helpful. He could have paid his rent a little better,” said Anna.


 

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Claremont launches lunchtime robot club

After months of assembling their designs the Claremont Vex robot club held… Continue reading

Man flees Bay Centre after daytime sexual assault in downtown Victoria

The suspect physically and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl shopping with a friend

Chinese New Year takes to the streets of Victoria

Hundreds brave chilly temperatures to usher in the Year of the Dog

Thrilling finish to Royals weekend in Victoria

WHL club hosts Portland for a pair this Friday and Saturday at Save-On Centre

Storm snuffs out lights on Saanich’s Ten Mile Point

Environment Canada wind warning calls for a brief “respite” before winds of up 90 kilometres resume

WATCH: Oak Bay hosts inaugural Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC

Local cops drag multi-media journalists out for a swim ahead of March 11 event

Canada wins gold in bobsleigh

Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz tied for first in two-man event at 2018 Winter Olympics

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Sharpe run puts Vancouver Island Olympian in first

Comox halfpipe skier Cassie Sharpe dazzles in qualifying, finals late this afternoon our time

Saanich community association to revise bylaws

The chair of Saanich Community Associations Network (SCAN) says community associations are… Continue reading

VIDEO: Protesters rally for affordable housing ahead of B.C. budget

Residents call on province to keep locals housed

School shooting unfathomable to Saanich student

Claremont Grade 10 student reflects on the carnage inflicted on U.S. schools

#Metoo movement causing confusion in many men, fear of missteps with women: experts

Being painted by the same sweeping brush as those alleged to have mistreated women has angered men

Liberals to dig deeper, aim higher on gender equality in 2018 federal budget

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the budget would include measures to boost women in the workforce

Most Read