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Pepper spray attacks in Richmond prompt warning

Martin van den Hemel   Aug-22-2018

Alexandra Road, near where a pepper spray attack occurred Tuesday night.

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Two pepper spray attacks in downtown Richmond just 30 minutes apart late Tuesday night have prompted a warning from the RCMP and a request for the public’s help.

Around 10:30 p.m., two women were pepper sprayed by two unknown men as they left a business on the 8400 block of Alexandra Road, just west of Kwantlen Street and north of Lansdowne Centre.

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The victims ran onto the road, where a Good Samaritan came to their assistance and brought them to Richmond Hospital.

The second incident took place less than a kilometre away and about 30 minutes later, on the 4300 block of No. 3 Road, south of Aberdeen Centre.

Two men approached a woman as she was putting items into her car.

Both suspects were armed, one with a knife, the other with a can of pepper spray.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Adriana Peralta said the victim was asked to turn over her belongings.

At that point, she screamed and ran, and during that process believes she was pepper sprayed.

The victim sought help from a friend who was in the area, and then called 911.

“It appears these two incidents are connected,” Peralta said. “We want to remind the public to remain alert to their surroundings and to call 911 immediately to report any incidents involving weapons.”

The two suspects remain unidentified, and the descriptions provided to police were “extremely limited,” she said.

Investigators are also hoping to speak to the Good Samaritan who helped the two women from the Alexandra Road incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be sent via email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


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