Police arrest youth in Duncan after robbery with handgun. (File photo)

Police arrest youth in Duncan after robbery with handgun. (File photo)

Police arrest youth after robbery with handgun

Victim uninjured in incident

Police have arrested a 17-year-old youth after he robbed a woman with a gun in Duncan on Dec. 4.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. that day, 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.”