RCMP make arrest in alleged robbery at Ladysmith gas station

A 31-year-old is facing nine charges stemming from a string of armed robberies, including one at the Shell gas station in Ladysmith.

A 31-year-old is facing nine charges stemming from a string of armed robberies, including one at the Shell gas station in Ladysmith.

The incident took place on Sept. 16 at 728 Esplanade Ave. around 8:30 p.m.

RCMP said the man, who has no fixed address, wore a mask during the alleged robbery and was in possession of a knife.

“(He) jumped the counter taking cigarettes and money.” said Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien.

No one was injured and video surveillance captured the suspect fleeing in a vehicle.

Police said the same man allegedly five days later on Sept. 21 stabbed a 55-year-old “repeatedly” in the chest on  Hwy 19. in Oceanside.

The motorist had stopped to check on a broken down vehicle when he was attacked and his vehicle stolen.

Two Nanaimo conveniences stores were also robbed during a two week period in September.

Jeffrey Brian Macdonald, formerly of Oceanside, appeared before a Nanaimo provincial court judge on Nov. 7 and was remanded in custody until Dec. 6.