Victoria beat cops arrested a trained fighter after watching him throw a knockout punch at a downtown McDonalds early Sunday.
Victoria police spokesman Const. Mike Russell said officers from the beat and bike squad were on routine patrol around midnight Sunday when they spotted an argument at the 980 Pandora Ave. McDonalds restaurant.
The officers recognized one of the men, a mixed-martial arts fighter with face tattoos.
They saw he was arguing with someone, said Russell. As they went inside he threw a left hook and knocked the guy out.
The victim, a 22-year-old Saanich man, was hit with a blow to the side of his head that left him unconscious.
Russell said officers were careful arresting the man because of his background in fighting. They didnt want to endanger themselves or patrons. The man was arrested without incident.
The victim was taken to hospital and later released.
The suspect remains in custody until he makes a court appearance. Police are recommending charges of assault causing bodily harm.