Home invasion at West End apartment appears targeted
A dramatic home invasion at a West End apartment that saw a man jump down from one balcony onto another appears to have been targeted, according to police.
Investigators haven’t revealed whether it was an intruder or the victim who leapt from the balcony, but confirmed the victim did manage to escape his suite at 1762 Davie Street after it was barged in to around 3:30 p.m.
The resident, who is known to police, then ran to the nearby Boathouse Restaurant looking for help. General manager Darrick Wan told CTV News the man was injured when he rushed inside.
“My hostess came and grabbed me, we came out and saw a guy who was bleeding from his foot,” Wan said. “He told us to call 911, the girls called 911, and the police came.”
A large police presence gathered outside the scene of the break-in, located less than a block from English Bay, and officers temporarily shut down part of Davie Street near the busy Denman Street intersection.
Officers also locked down the apartment building while they hunted for suspects, and at one point could be seen combing the rooftop with guns drawn.
Insp. Les Yeo said it’s possible several people were involved, and investigators are speaking with numerous witnesses and others in hopes of piecing together what happened.
“We’re talking to everybody that we either have as potential suspect, or victim, or both,” Yeo said. “We still believe we have some people outstanding.”
Police haven’t confirmed witness accounts that shots were fired in the area.