The West Shore RCMP have arrested and charged four people in connection to an armed robbery that left a man injured Thursday morning.
On November 26 at approximately 6:40 a.m., the West Shore RCMP received a complaint from a man who told officers he had been robbed at gunpoint near Highlands Road and Watkiss Way in View Royal.
The victim told the West Shore RCMP Major Crime Unit that four suspects physically assaulted him with a weapon and brandished a long gun.
Before leaving, the four suspects robbed the victim of personal belongings and tried to light the remaining items on fire.
The victim said the suspects were wearing disguises but he was able to identify them as the suspects were known to him.
The victim sustained injuries from the assault and was transported to the hospital but is expected to recover.
The West Shore RCMP Major Crime led the investigation and tracked the suspects down to an apartment building near the 600-block of Admirals Rd in Victoria.
“We advised the Victoria Police Department of our ongoing investigation and they provided assistance by securing the apartment building and arresting the suspects,” said Staff Sergeant Chris Boucher of the West Shore RCMP Major Crime Unit.
It was a team effort between the two departments. All four suspects were taken into custody by the VicPD without incident and were handed over to the West Shore RCMP.
“We want to thank the Victoria Police Department for their assistance in this investigation,” said the West Shore RCMP in a release
The suspects are identified as 32-year-old Ryan Walker, 33-year-old Robert Rose, and two youths — a male who is 17 years old and a 16-year-old female.
All suspects have been charged with robbery with a firearm, committing an indictable offence while disguised, assault with a weapon and arson.
Investigators executed a search warrant for the apartment and recovered the firearm in question along with other evidence of the crime, according to the RCMP.
The suspects have been remanded in custody and will appear in court today.