Photographer robbed at knifepoint in Nanaimo

NANAIMO - Victim robbed at knife point while taking photographs near Buttertubs Marsh.

Police are looking for tips that could identify the suspect of a robbery in Harewood Thursday.

Police are looking for tips that could identify the suspect of a robbery in Harewood Thursday.

A man was robbed of his camera, wallet and phone while taking photographs near a Nanaimo wildlife sanctuary.

The incident happened on Thursday at about 4 p.m. according to police, who said a 19-year-old man was taking scenery photographs on Addison Road – a trail that runs behind Serauxmen Sports Fields and Buttertubs Marsh – when a man came up to him, pulled out a small switchblade knife, demanded the victim’s camera, cell phone, wallet and camera bag and then fled.

The suspect was last seen running on Addison Road toward Buttertubs Marsh.

RCMP members and a Police Dog Services unit responded, but were unable to find the suspect, described as Caucasian, in his late 20s to early 30s, with dark-colour eyes, slim build and wearing a black hoody, blue jeans, brown work boots, a black backpack and a blue bandana he used to cover the lower part of his face.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, the suspect was seen prior to the robbery talking with a woman on a trail above Wessex Lane, which is located near Addison Road. The woman is also Caucasian, in her late 20s to early 30s with a slim build and dressed in black.

Anyone with information about this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, or text a tip to 274637, keyword Nanaimo.