Saanich Police are following up on an apparent New Year’s Day drug deal gone bad that ended in a violent robbery with two being stabbed.
Police say two groups of people, totalling six, and all between the ages of 18 and 20 years old, met at about 8:30 p.m. on the 3400 block of Douglas Street, next to Uptown shopping centre, with the intention of exchanging money for drugs.
The arrangement appears to have gone wrong and a fight broke out amongst the participants. When the fight ended both groups retreated to their vehicles and left the area.
Two victims were stabbed, one in the arm and the other in the chest, causing a punctured lung. They were taken to the hospital where police were notified.
Saanich Police’s detective division assumed the investigation and as of Monday morning had charged a 19-year-old male with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of robbery.
The male was apprehended over the weekend and held in custody for a Monday morning court appearance.