Pepper spray at local shopping centre

Prince George

2021-04-14 08:59 PDT

File # 2021-12245

Just before noon on April 12, 2021, the Prince George RCMP received multiple calls of a bear spray incident inside a shopping centre on the 3500 block of Massey Drive.

Frontline members attended the area and spoke with the two youth victims. They stated that a male wearing a balaclava and baseball hat came up to where their group was standing inside the shopping centre. He then shouted to get their attention and sprayed bear spray into the group, catching two of the youth directly. The victims did not know the identity of the suspect nor have any idea who would have done it. The suspect ran from the group and CCTV from the shopping centre shows him getting into a silver, 4-door sedan.

Police describe the suspect as:

At this time the RCMP are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident please call the non-emergency line at 250-561-3300 to speak with police.

Emergency Health Services checked the two youth victims at the scene and released them to their parents’ care.

OC spray, also known as bear spray or pepper spray, stands for Oleoresin Capsicum spray. The active ingredient in OC spray is capsaicin, the same chemical that accounts for the heat in chili peppers. OC spray is a lachrymator, which causes the eyes to produce tears. Other physical effects include burning sensation in the eyes, nose and skin; a runny nose; and coughing or shortness of breath.

The effects of OC spray are temporary and you can help reduce the effects by running water over the area for a prolonged period. Mild dish soap or shampoo can also help rid the skin or hair of the oil that contains the capsaicin, states Cst. Jennifer Cooper of the Prince George RCMP.

If you have any information about this or any other criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward

Released by

Cst. Jennifer Cooper

Communications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3321
Cell: 250-613-3532


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