Man arrested after teen badly injured in attack at Victoria tent encampment

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VICTORIA — Police say a suspect has been arrested following an incident at a Victoria tent encampment where officers faced a hostile crowd while trying to help a 15-year-old with serious injuries.

A statement from police says the suspect fled Tuesday night as officers responded to reports that the teen had been assaulted and choked while visiting the camp in Beacon Hill Park.

Const. Cam MacIntyre says a 38-year-old man was arrested in the park Wednesday and remains in custody awaiting recommended charges, including assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.

Officers trying to get medical treatment for the teenager reported they were assaulted, bitten and spat upon as they entered the tent encampment late Tuesday.

They say campers tried to pull the 15-year-old away from them as the teen was apprehended under the Child, Family and Community Service Act.

MacIntyre says police later learned the victim is developmentally delayed and had been reported missing from home.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2021.

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version made reference to a gender for the teen, but police have not released any such information.