Suspect caught minutes later
A 22 year old male is in police custody following an attempted robbery involving a syringe. No one was injured during the incident although several employees of the business were traumatized. The incident occurred at approximately 2 pm on Sunday February 19, 2017 at the Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns located on Wesley St.
Police were called by an employee of the business after a male entered carrying a syringe and demanding money from the till. Before receiving any cash, the suspect panicked and fled on foot. Numerous police officers were on scene within minutes and managed to locate the suspect in the area of Commercial St and Bastion. When found the male appeared to be in medical distress from a possible drug overdose and was immediately transported by attending paramedics to local hospital. Later that night, the suspect was cleared to be released from hospital and was turned over to waiting officers who arrested him for breaching the terms of a Recognizance from a previous robbery file. The actual robbery incident is still under investigation and the 22 year old will be making an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court later today.
The Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services has been engaged and is actively assisting employees of the business who witnessed the ordeal