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Alemayehu Townsend was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants by tactical officers on Thursday and remains in custody pending a court appearance. (Courtesy Victoria Police Service)

Man wanted for extortion, assault with a weapon, arrested on West Shore

Greater Victoria ERT tactical officers arrested Alemayehu Townsend on May 5



A man with warrants for multiple violent crimes was arrested by tactical officers from the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team on Thursday afternoon (May 6).

Alemayehu Townsend, 18, was arrested on the West Bank as he approached an occupied vehicle, VicPD said in a statement late Friday.

Officers deployed a sound device and less lethal projectile during the arrest, and Townsend was taken to hospital for treatment of a non-fatal lower limb injury before being taken to jail where he remains in custody pending a future court date. .

At the time of his arrest, Townsend had warrants for forcible confinement, extortion, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon, police said.

VicPD first alerted the public to their search for Townsend on April 8.

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