NANAIMO — A reportedly violent daytime robbery in central Nanaimo led to the arrest of two suspects and a massive response from RCMP.
Police said the arrests happened late Monday morning after a 20-year-old-man reported being robbed of his marijuana and cocaine at knife point in the area of the Mid Island Co-op gas bar on Bowen Rd.
The victim was apparently punched in the face and threatened with a knife, according to Nanaimo RCMP.
Police said 19-year-old Ragnar John Donald was arrested on a property on Rosstown Rd. near Bowen Rd. following a short chase. Donald is charged with possession of a dangerous weapon and obstruction.
Police reported finding a knife, bear spray, a small amount of marijuana and a white powder believed to be cocaine after searching Donald.
Police said a 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named, was located nearby and arrested without incident.
The boy has been charged with robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon.
The victim reported a firearm was produced during the robbery, but it was not found on the suspects, nor could it be found in the surrounding area.
RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien explained why the victim, who was originally in possession of the drugs, isn't facing any charges.
“He was very cooperative and provided information which led to the arrest of the two individuals,” O'Brien said. “Our officers used discretionary powers and decided not to pursue charges against the victim.”
The two males were scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
An area resident told NanaimoNewsNOW a long gun was drawn by an RCMP officer and a suspect arrested on a neighbour's lawn on Rosstown near Bowen Rd.
Traffic on Bowen Rd. was reduced to a single lane in the area following the incident.
O'Brien said the incident was a priority call and all available officers in the area responded.
“Where violence is involved and especially with a (report of a) firearm there's a public safety factor so we want to catch those who are involved off the get-go so there's no further risk to the public.”
— Note to readers: this story was updated with comments from RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien.
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