Police say two people were arrested Monday after a man reported that he was robbed at knifepoint and his marijuana and cocaine had been stolen in Nanaimo.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Sept. 24, Nanaimo RCMP responded to a 911 call from a 20-year-old man who said he was robbed at knifepoint in the vicinity of the Co-op Gas Bar on Bowen Road. The man said he was punched in the face during the robbery.
After officers got a description of the two male suspects, police arrested the 15-year-old suspect a short distance away. He was taken into custody without incident.
The 19-year-old suspect fled on foot but was arrested after a short chase. Police said a knife, bear spray and a small amount of cannabis was found in his possession. A white powder of what appeared to be cocaine was also located and seized.
Charges have been laid against 19-year old Ragnar John Donald for robbery, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace (knife) and obstruction. A 15-year-old, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with robbery and possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.
The 20-year-old man who reported the robbery did say a firearm was shown during the robbery but police did not find one with the suspects or in the surrounding area.
“In reference to the drugs allegedly taken from the victim, in considering the level of violence purportedly involved by the suspects, officers using their discretionary powers elected not to pursue charges against the victim,” Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer for the Nanaimo RCMP, said in a release.