Tea Party tussle suspect pleads guilty

One young man pleaded guilty to robbery and assault related to a robbery during the Oak Bay Tea Party.

One young man pleaded guilty to robbery and assault related to a robbery during the Oak Bay Tea Party.

On June 2 around 2 p.m. Oak Bay Police responded to an armed robbery on the 2400-block of Beach Dr. where a group of Asian home-stay students were approached by a pair of teens. One youth grabbed a home-stay student and stole his wallet.

The wallet owner and his friend fought back, facing mace and a pair of knives, police said.

A 15-year-old Victoria resident and a 15-year-old Saanich resident were arrested.

The youth who pleaded guilty was on an undertaking for a mischief charge that had occurred in Oak Bay at the time of the robbery. He was charged with robbery, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and a breach of undertaking. He plead guilty to the robbery, assault with a weapon and the outstanding mischief charges and is awaiting a pre-sentencing report.

Police say the second suspect brought the bear spray and brandished a knife while the first youth was struggling with the victim. He was charged with robbery, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and is still awaiting trial.

The victim was treated by ambulance at the scene for decontamination from the mace. No other injuries were reported.