Police say an employee who attempted to stop the man from leaving without paying for various items was struck with the hatchet and ended up with non-life-threatening injuries.
Man arrested after violent hatchet attack at Victoria hardware store
The Victoria Police Department says in a release two customers stepped in to disarm the suspect, who then grabbed a box containing Remembrance Day poppies while confronting the injured employee.
Police say another staff member who intervened was also assaulted and suffered non-life-threatening injuries before the man escaped and was followed by the store manager, who was hit with a large rock.
The department says officers recognized the man from surveillance video and learned he was wanted on provincewide warrants including sexual assault and assaulting a police officer.
Police say Gary Reno of Fort Nelson faces charges of weapons possession, robbery and assault causing bodily harm.
Gary Reno faces charges of weapons possession, robbery and assault causing bodily harm, as well as charges related to his outstanding warrants. (CTV Vancouver Island)
VICTORIA – A Fort Nelson man is facing several charges after a violent robbery and hatchet attack in Victoria last week.
Police were called to the Home Hardware store in the 1900-block of Oak Bay Avenue for a reported robbery on Nov. 1.
When officers arrived, witnesses reported that a man entered the store and picked up various items, including a hatchet.
When the man tried to leave without paying, an employee tried to stop him and was attacked with the hatchet, according to police.
The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries before two customers stepped in to disarm the man.
Investigators say the perpetrator then took a Remembrance Day poppy box from the store counter and another employee intervened.
That staff member was also assaulted and he suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
The attacker then fled the store and was followed by the store manager. When the man picked up a large rock and confronted the manager, the manager retreated and lost sight of the perpetrator before officers arrived on scene.
Police reviewed store surveillance video and discovered the man was wanted on province-wide warrants for sexual assault, sexual interference, assaulting a police officer and other charges.
The VicPD major crimes unit took over the case and located the suspect in Saanich. He was taken into custody without incident by officers with the Saanich police canine unit.
Gary Reno faces charges of weapons possession, robbery and assault causing bodily harm, as well as charges related to his outstanding warrants.
A Fort Nelson man is facing several charges after a violent robbery and hatchet attack in Victoria last week.