Police have arrested a 17-year-old youth after he allegedly robbed a woman with a gun in Duncan earlier this week.
At approximately 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, the young woman was robbed at gunpoint in the 400 block of Cairnsmore Street.
The victim was walking alone and was approached by a the young man brandishing what appeared to be a handgun.
The youth stole her purse and fled the area, while the woman went to a nearby residence and called 911.
Immediate patrols of the area were unsuccessful in turning up the suspect.
Sgt. Chris Swain, a spokesman for the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said that due to the seriousness of the offence, a lot of resources were assigned to the investigation and after a short, but intense investigation, a suspect was identified.
“The suspect was arrested without incident the next day,” he said.
“The firearm used in the offence has been located and found to be a replica BB gun. The suspect is appearing in court [on Dec. 6] on a charge of robbery. North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP was able to solve this serious crime quickly, removing the suspect and the firearm from the streets. We continue to ensure that a safer community is one of our priorities.”