Police arrest teens after two downtown Victoria muggings

Knives used in two separate incidents of attempted theft

Victoria police arrested two teenagers after two people were mugged at knifepoint in separate incidents this past week.

An 18-year-old Saanich man and a 17-year-old accomplice were picked up by police late Saturday after a man was stabbed twice and robbed in Bastion Square earlier in the evening.

“The suspects demanded the victim’s phone and money, and when the victim refused, a fight ensued,” Victoria police Const. Mike Russell said in a statement.

Investigating officers recognized similarities between the Saturday night robbery and a mugging on June 6 behind the Fairmont Empress Hotel. In that incident, the victim was also threatened at knifepoint and asked to hand over his wallet and cellphone.

Several criminal charges against the suspects are being considered.

emccracken@vicnews.com

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