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Four ar­rested in gun­point rob­bery, as­sault, ar­son

- Crime · Sexual Abuse · Incidents · Violence and Abuse · Society · Victoria Police · Royal Canadian Mounted Police

West Shore RCMP and Vic­to­ria po­lice worked to­gether to ar­rest two men and two youths Thurs­day after a man was as­saulted, robbed at gun­point and his be­long­ings set on fire.

At 6:40 a.m. Thurs­day, the RCMP re­ceived a re­port about an at­tack out­doors near High­lands Road and Watkiss Way in View Royal.

The West Shore ma­jor crime unit met with the vic­tim, who said he was phys­i­cally as­saulted with a weapon and a long gun was bran­dished. The vic­tim was robbed and his as­sailants also tried to set some of his be­long­ings on fire.

The vic­tim told po­lice that al­though his as­sailants were wear­ing dis­guises, he knew who they were. He was taken to hospi­tal to be treated for his in­juries. He is ex­pected to re­cover.

The RCMP tracked the sus­pects to an apart­ment build­ing in the 600-block of Ad­mi­rals Road.

Vic­to­ria po­lice se­cured the apart­ment build­ing and ar­rested four peo­ple. West Shore RCMP ex­e­cuted a search war­rant and found the firearm and other ev­i­dence, said Staff. Sgt. Chris Boucher.

Ryan Walker, 32, and Robert Rose, 33, ap­peared in West­ern Com­mu­ni­ties pro­vin­cial court on Fri­day. They are charged with rob­bery with a pro­hib­ited firearm, as­sault with a weapon, con­ceal­ing their face with in­tent to com­mit an of­fence and ar­son.

A 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were also ar­rested and face sim­i­lar charges.

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