A 25-year-old man is scheduled to appear in court later this month after he stole a teen’s bicycle at knifepoint on Sunday, Nanaimo RCMP say.

It happened around 4 p.m. in the alleyway near Farquhar and Nicol Street.

Mounties say the 13-year-old boy’s father called police after his son said he was approached by a man with a knife who demanded he turn over his bike.

The man then knocked the boy to the ground and rode off on the bike, according to officials.

The father told officers his son and friend were not injured, but were traumatized by the ordeal. 

Within minutes of the robbery an officer located the man four blocks from where the robbery happened. 

“The excellent description provided by the two youths and the rapid response from our officer’s led to the timely arrest and the arrest of the suspect,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.

The 25 year old was kept in police custody overnight and released on a recognizance for one count of robbery. He will appear in court on Aug. 22.