Two men arrested for weekend robbery

Two suspects arrested within 30 minutes of committing robbery in downtown Nanaimo.

One man was injured and two men arrested following a robbery in downtown Nanaimo on the weekend.

The robbery happened at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on the street outside a billiards hall at 77 Victoria Cr.

The victim, 19, and his brother, 24, were walking down the street when they were approached by two men.

One of the men punched the victim in the face, tore a metal chain from his neck and took an earring.

When the victim’s older brother stepped in to stop the assault, both suspects fled.

“One of the victims received some swelling on the side of his face and a bloody mouth,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “

The victim and witnesses were able to give police good descriptions of the suspects.

Police caught one of the suspects 20 minutes later as he was about to go into the nearby Cambie Hotel.

The second suspect was caught on Gordon Street near the Vancouver Island Conference Centre moments after the first arrest.

Police were able to retrieve some of the victim’s property.

Joshua Tyler Schaeffer, 29, of Nanaimo, appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Monday charged with breaching probation, possession a controlled substance (ecstasy) and robbery.

Spencer Lee Schaeffer, 26, also appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Monday charged with robbery.