Two employees of Zorkin Insurance Brokers were threatened at knifepoint and sprayed with fire extinguisher retardant during an armed robbery Saturday.
A man entered Zorkin’s Terminal Park Mall office on Estevan Road shortly before 5 p.m. and poked a knife into a female employee’s back, demanding money.
The employee gave the suspect some cash, but he began making stabbing motions, demanding more money.
The suspect had also brought a fire extinguisher with him, and when a second employee entered the office, he sprayed both women with fire retardant and fled on foot toward Stewart Avenue.
Neither employee was injured in the incident.
A police dog unit was brought in and established a track, but lost the scent a short distance away.
The suspect was wearing a faded-green hoodie, light-coloured pants and a baseball cap.
He is described as mid-30s, 5’8”, slim build, scruffy looking and might have been under the influence of drugs.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.