Comox Valley RCMP looking for witnesses in bear spray assault

Comox Valley RCMP looking for witnesses in bear spray assault
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Comox Valley RCMP are looking for one suspect after a reported bear-spray attack.

Comox Valley RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who allegedly assaulted another man with bear spray after the victim found the suspect rummaging through his truck in Courtenay on Tuesday night.

The victim told police his truck was parked on Osprey Place when he noticed a man going through his truck at around 8:30 p.m.

The truck-owner said he confronted the man, who then got out of the vehicle and demanded the keys from the victim.

According to the police, the owner refused to hand over the keys and started to chase him off when the suspect allegedly sprayed the victim with what appeared to be bear spray before running away.

Frontline officers and Police Dog Services (PDS) quickly arrived on the scene but did not find the suspect, who police say was last seen running toward Embleton Crescent.

And now, police are asking the public for help finding the alleged attacker.

“It is possible that someone in the area saw the suspect fleeing the scene and would be able to assist with his identification,” said Cst. Monika Terragni, Media Relations Officer for the Comox Valley RCMP.

“It was still light out so there were likely people out enjoying the nice weather and cars driving through the area” she added.

The suspect male is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • Approximately 5’11”
  • Medium build
  • Wearing all black with a black backpack

Anyone with information, video surveillance footage, or dashcam footage is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or visit their website.

Police dogs have been busy in recent days, as a police dog from the West Shore RCMP detachment helped find a suspect who ran away from police after being found with multiple firearms.

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