Two young men attacked and robbed inside their View Royal townhouse Monday afternoon can take comfort in knowing the first arrest has been made in the case.
Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz of the West Shore RCMP confirmed that a 17-year-old Saanich resident was arrested as part of the investigation, and the West Shore detachment is working with Saanich police to find three other suspects.
“It helps (the investigation) that this happened in the daylight, in a residential area where there are many potential witnesses,” Rochlitz said.
Four young men entered the townhouse in the 1400-block of Craigflower Road around 4 p.m. Monday, wearing hoodies and bandanas over their faces.
According to a media report, the occupants were bound with duct tape and assaulted while the house was robbed.
Rochlitz wouldn’t confirm details of the home invasion or what was stolen, but confirmed that one of the victims was brought to hospital and treated for minor injuries.
“This is an extremely unusual type of occurrence, it’s not something you expect to happen,” Rochlitz said. “The number of young children that live in the area makes it extremely concerning.”
Anyone with information in this case can call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crimestoppers at 1800-222-TIPS.