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Two teens arrested after robbery with knives and mace spray

Jun 04 2012

Two 15-year-old boys used knives and pepper spray in an attempt to steal a man’s wallet on Saturday, but the foiled robbers were arrested a short time after on Willows Beach.

Two Asian homestay students walked off a transit bus in the 2400 block of Beach Drive in Oak Bay just before 2 p.m. when they were followed by the two teenagers; one from Victoria, the other from Saanich. Both were dressed in black.

One teenager grabbed one of the men, a 20-year-old student and took his wallet, say police. The two students fought back, but the teenager then pulled out a knife and sprayed both men with mace.

The victim managed to recover his wallet in the struggle, but the second teenager also produced a knife before the two of them ran towards Willows Beach where thousands were celebrating the Oak Bay Tea Party.

The victims were shaken up and treated for the mace spray, but otherwise both were fine. No one was stabbed in the incident.

Police quickly arrested the teenagers near the water thanks to two young women who stayed and provided “excellent statements,” said Chief Const. Mark Fisher of the Oak Bay Police Department.

“These two males on the bus had clearly spotted the wallet and decided in advance they were going to take it when the person got off,” he said.

The two teenagers sat in the sand near the ocean with their hands locked behind their backs, hanging their heads into their chests, as officers emptied their backpacks and found a can of mace spray and a knife.

They have been charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. One of them is known to police.

They appeared before a Justice of the Peace on Sunday morning and will appear in court on Monday.

Fisher warns residents to be aware of their surroundings at all times and applauds the two young women who stuck around to give descriptions.

“They made a decision to stay around and they made very good eye-witness statements that led to the quick arrest of these two teenagers,” he said.

dspalding@timescolonist.com