West Shore RCMP arrested a 14-year-old after stealing a vape and assaulting another teen in Langford.
The incident occurred at around 2:10 p.m. on Wednesday November 2nd in the 3000-block of Langford Lake Road, near Belmont School but not on school property.
According to police, a 15-year-old male student was outside smoking his vape when a 14-year-old approached him, demanded the smoking device and then grabbed it from him.
The victim tried to get the vape back but was assaulted by the 14-year-old, who shoved him to the ground, causing minor injuries.
A third party saw the assault and robbery and called RCMP.
The suspect was located near Langford Lake within minutes of the robbery taking place and was arrested for robbery.
The 14-year-old suspect was later released on an undertaking with strict conditions to abide by a curfew, not to have contact with the victim and not attend Belmont Secondary school or the areas, surrounding the school.
Of note, a West Shore RCMP Youth Liaison Officer happened to be at Belmont Secondary School for a daily visit and had just left the school minutes prior to the robbery taking place.
In a media release, West Shore RCMP say they have seen an increase in youth violence over the past month.
“The level of violence is concerning, and we are asking the public to report suspicious activity involving youth right away,” said Cpl. Nancy Saggar.
“We are engaged with several community partners providing youth services to both the victims and the suspects as well as their families.”