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Two people pepper-sprayed by apparent road rager in Burnaby

Suspect looked 'friendly' before he allegedly sprayed the victims and then said something about being cut off, police say

Police are looking for help finding a man who allegedly walked up to two people in a residential neighbourhood in North Burnaby and pepper-sprayed them – apparently for cutting him off in traffic earlier.

Just before noon on Dec. 29, the two victims, a 60-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, were in the 4100 block of McGill Street, when the man walked up to them, according to police.

The victims described him as having looked “friendly,” Burnaby RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj told the NOW, but then he peppered-sprayed them and said something about having been cut off.

“They had no idea he was going to do that,” Kalanj said.

The man then ran back to a pickup truck parked down the block and took off “at a high rate of speed,” according to an RCMP press release.

The victims believe the incident stemmed from a lane change earlier in the day that culminated in the apparent road-rage attack, police said.

“This was not a quick reaction. The suspect had plenty of time to think about his actions, and he chose to respond in this violent manner,” Kalanj said.

The alleged pepper-sprayer and his getaway truck were caught on video.

He is described as a “possibly Caucasian” man in his late 20s to mid-30s, between five-foot-eight and five-foot-10, wearing a black face mask, pants and hoodie.

The hoodie is emblazoned with the words “You dream it, we build it” on the back.
His truck is described as a newer model Ford F150 SuperCrew, with a five-foot bed and black tonneau cover.

The vehicle has a chrome front bumper, a single chrome ball-mounted trailer hitch and six-spoke, brushed aluminum rims.

There’s also a partial logo on the front passenger side that appears to be covered.

“We believe someone will recognize this suspect or the crest and slogan on his hoodie,” Kalanj said.

Anyone who might be able to identify the suspect or have information about this incident is asked to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999.

To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

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