A man is in custody after an unprovoked attack on another man outside the Ministry of Health building on Blanshard Street, Wednesday.
Victoria police responded to a disturbance call at Floyd’s Diner on Yates Street just before 11 a.m. to reports of a man throwing items around and assaulting patrons.
Incident began at Floyd’s Diner before suspect ran off, stripped off his clothes and punched someone at Health Building. Police believe he was on drugs or suffers from mental health problems. pic.twitter.com/qBfn1ScYMn
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“Once we got there, he had already fled the scene, ran westbound on Yates and … proceeded to take off all his clothes,” said Const. Sean Cowperthwaite.
Once outside the Ministry of Health, the suspect then assaulted the man who is believed to have a broken nose, a tooth knocked out and a hand injury.
“The man obviously [had] either some drug or mental health issues, has been taken to the hospital to be examined to make sure he’s fit,” Cowperthwaite said.
The investigation is in its preliminary stages, but charges against the suspect are likely, Cowperthwaite said.
In total, five victims were assaulted.
– With files from Ragnar Haagen