Oak Bay homeowner injured in attack by burglar

An Oak Bay homeowner was attacked by a burglar when he interrupted the break-in Wednesday evening. The homeowner was left with serious injuries to his arm. The burglar fled but was arrested early this morning in Victoria.

Around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, the man returned to his home in the 800-block of St. Patrick Street when he realized an intruder was inside, said Oak Bay police spokesman Const. Rick Anthony.

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The intruder fled and the homeowner tried to grab him but missed. The burglar then turned back on the homeowner and jabbed him with a crowbar. The homeowner struggled with the burglar, wrestled the crow bar away and the burglar ran off.

The man was left with a large gash on his arm that required stitches.

Police were called to the home and were able to identify a suspect who is known to police. A region-wide bulletin was broadcast to Greater Victoria police agencies and at 5:45 a.m. today the man was arrested downtown by Victoria police.

A 19-year-old man is in custody and will appear in court later today facing charges of aggravated assault, breaking and entering, theft, possession of break-in instruments and possession of stolen property.

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