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Two 16-year-olds arrested after violent Walnut Grove robbery

Two Langley boys were arrested after allegedly punching an unsuspecting young man in the face and then robbing him on Walnut Grove Secondary school grounds late Friday night.

Around 11:30 p.m., police were called by a young man who had been walking home from work when he was approached from behind, said police.

The victim was punched in the face by a suspect wearing a black bandana with white stitching, said police.

The second assailant held bear spray in the victim’s face and demanded he give up this backpack containing a variety of personal items, including his wallet. This suspect wore a ski mask and a black jersey.

The victim handed over his backpack and the two assailants ran west.

Police Dog Services was called and various officers manned perimeter points throughout the area.  One officer was stationed at the intersection of 208 Street and 88 Avenue when he noted two young men walking as though they were in a hurry, said police spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks.

“He took note of the fact that one of the two youths wore a black jersey,” she said.

The teens were detained as part of the investigation and searched for the officer’s safety, said Marks.

Bear spray and a baton were seized and the two were arrested.  Additional items believed to belong to the victim were seized from the two suspects.

The 16-year-old Langley youths appeared before a Justice of the Peace over the weekend and were remanded in custody to appear in court on Monday facing charges of robbery, disguise with intent, two counts of possession and carrying a weapon.

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