An Oak Bay resident suffered a cut to the face after a brazen afternoon break in attempt on Foul Bay Road Tuesday.
Oak Bay Police were called around 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 for a 911 call about a break and enter in progress in the 800-block of Foul Bay Rd.
“This is the second such incident in Oak Bay in the past six weeks, where a resident has found a suspect in their home and been injured when trying to apprehend them,” said Const. Rick Anthony. “It is not advisable to take action against these perpetrators as they can be very unpredictable.”
In Tuesday’s incident, police say the resident found a man breaking into his house through a window. When the suspect fled, the resident chased him out of the house and through the yard. They crossed Foul Bay Road at the Oak Bay municipal border, and the homeowner caught up with the suspect in the backyard of a neighboring house in Victoria.
A struggle ensued, during which the suspect produced a knife and slashed the homeowner across the face, causing a laceration. A passerby saw the commotion and stopped to assist and called the police. Police were on scene and the suspect was in custody within two minutes. The homeowner was taken to hospital for treatment of the laceration and the suspect was held in custody for a court appearance on Wednesday.
“We encourage people to be vigilant and observant and to be a good witness and leave the dangers of dealing with these suspects to the police,” Anthony said.
The suspect appeared in provincial court and is remanded in custody until Oct. 8.
Shaun Clifford Wickens, 37, is charged with Break and Enter, Assault with a Weapon, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Uttering Threats and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.