Nanaimo teen arrested for robbery

A 16-year-old high school student has been arrested for allegedly robbing two teenage boys of their an iPhone, wallet and cash.

A 16-year-old high school student was arrested for allegedly robbing two teenage boys of an iPhone, wallet and cash.

The robbery happened Sept. 8 at about 8:15 p.m. Two boys, both 14, were playing at Coal Tyee Elementary School when an older teenager approached and followed them to the Esso gas station on Northfield Road and then threatened them with a 12 cm knife.

Const. Gary O’Brien said the suspect was arrested at the school he attends Friday at about 2 p.m. after a teacher received information and passed it on to the principal.

O’Brien said the principal asked the student if he had any weapons on him and the teen turned over a knife.

“He was taken to a safe place to wait for us and our school liaison officers arrived and took him into custody,” O’Brien said.

Police are recommending a charge of robbery. The suspect was released on a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial courts at a later date.

O’Brien said the teen will also face disciplinary action from the school board for bringing a weapon onto school property.

His name will not be released because he is a young offender. Police are not identifying which school the teen attends.