Nanaimo armed robbery suspect arrested within minutes

Nanaimo, BC – A 25 year old male was arrested by police within minutes after robbing a 13 year old male of his bike at knife point. The incident occurred at approximately 4 pm on Sunday August 6th in the alleyway near Farquar and Nicol St.

Just after 4 pm the victim’s father called 911 reporting his 13 year old son and a friend had been confronted by a male who produced a knife and demanded the youth turn over his bike. The suspect then knocked the 13 year old to the ground and rode off on the bike. The father told police his son and friend were not injured but were obviously traumatized by the ordeal. The two youths provided an excellent description of the suspect. Numerous officers immediately attended to the area and began searching the area for the suspect and bike.

Within minutes of the robbery, one of the attending officers located the suspect just 4 blocks from the scene of the robbery and arrested him for the robbery. The male suspect was also in possession of the stolen bike.

The suspect was kept in police custody over night and on Monday August 7th he was released on a Recognizance for one count of Robbery; with his next court appearance is set for August 22nd.

“The excellent description provided by the two youths and the rapid response from our officer’s led to the timely arrest and the arrest of the suspect,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Police File # 2017-25531

Nanaimo RCMP

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