A man has been taken to the hospital for a mental health assessment after police received several calls of a man yelling and walking down Oak Bay Avenue with a pickaxe.
Calls came in around 1:13 p.m. Jan. 8 and officers quickly arrived on scene. The man fled into a coffee shop where he was tackled by police.
OBPD responded to a male yelling and carrying a pick-axe on Oak Bay Ave this afternoon. The male fled into a coffee shop & was tackled by officers. No injuries but male is now at hospital for a mental health assessment. Thank you to the public for your calls. pic.twitter.com/mG5jajfwbN
— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) January 8, 2019
Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties said the man is known to police, but that criminal charges are unlikely.
Bernoties said this would be classified as a mental health call, something the local department saw a 25 per cent increase in last year.
“Statistically, this means it’s unlikely to be tracked as a crime,” Bernoties noted. “In other words, despite the potentially dangerous situation, police get no statistical credit for having attended this or other similar calls.”
No one was injured as a result of this incident.