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Police arrest man after gasoline poured on occupied tent in Victoria park

Police in Victoria are investigating reports that a suspect poured gasoline on a tent with a woman and dog inside and threatened to light it on fire.

Police say the suspect threatened to light the tent on fire while woman and dog were inside

Police are seeking information from witnesses about the incident in Victoria's Cecelia Ravine Park on Monday. (Google Maps)

Police in Victoria are investigating reports that a suspect poured gasoline on a tent with a woman and dog inside and threatened to light it on fire.

Officers arrested a man at Cecilia Ravine Park, near Burnside Road, around 8:30 a.m. PT Monday for assault with a weapon, mischief and uttering threats.

Police said the suspect had threatened to light the tent on fire while holding a blow torch. 

No one was injured, according to a release from the Victoria Police Department.

Earlier beating

Police say the suspect was involved in another incident that happened earlier Monday, around 6:30 a.m. PT, when officers were called to the same area of the park for a report that a man was struck with a bat with spikes on it.

Officers arrested another man for assault with a weapon on that call. Meanwhile the victim was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was later discharged from hospital.

Police say the victim from the beating returned to the park and then became the suspect in the later incident.

The Victoria Police Department is asking anyone with information to call (250) 995-7654, extension 1 or Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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