West Vancouver Police (WVPD) are investigating after a 17-year-old West Vancouver resident was allegedly assaulted and robbed while attempting to buy drugs this past weekend.
According to WVPD, the Saturday evening incident took place in the 4900 block of Marine Drive and began when the victim arranged by phone to meet individuals for a drug purchase.
“Upon entering a vehicle to complete a transaction, the youth was allegedly threatened with what appeared to be a pistol,” police said. “The victim was then robbed of a quantity of cash and a cellphone and allegedly assaulted by two males before suspects and the vehicle fled.”
With the help of witness reports, police identified and arrested a man at a home in West Vancouver around 8:30 pm.
Shortly before 9 pm, the suspect vehicle was located near Taylor Way and the Trans-Canada Highway, and a female suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Now, the male suspect, also a 17-year-old West Vancouver resident, has been remanded in custody and police said several charges will be recommended against him, including Robbery with a Firearm, Uttering Threats, and Assault.
A 19-year-old North Vancouver woman was released on a Promise-To-Appear at North Vancouver Provincial Court. Investigators are recommending a charge against her of Robbery with Firearm.
Investigators said they will also seek an arrest warrant for a 22-year-old Bowen Island man, recommending charges including Robbery with a Firearm, Uttering Threats, and Assault.
A fourth person believed to be in the suspect vehicle has been identified, police said.
“However, the investigation has not uncovered evidence at this point to support any charge recommendations against the fourth person,” they added.
No firearm has been recovered.
The alleged victim suffered “cuts and bruising” in connection with the incident.