Three women were the targets of two separate pepper spray incidents in Richmond’s downtown core Tuesday night and police are warning the public to stay vigilant as they search for two unidentifiable male suspects.
“It appears these two incidents are connected,” said Cpl. Adriana Peralta, spokesperson for Richmond RCMP. “We want to remind the public to remain alert to their surroundings and to call 911 immediately to report any incidents involving weapons.”
RCMP said the two suspects are currently “unidentified and due to the nature of the incidents, the descriptions provided were extremely limited.”
According to police, the first reported incident took place in the 8400-block of Alexandra Road.
“At approximately 10:30 p.m., two females were allegedly peppered sprayed by two unknown males as they left a local business. The females ran onto the road, where an unidentified Good Samaritan came to their aid, transporting them to a local area hospital.
The second reported incident took place a short while later in the 4300-block of No 3 Road. At approximately 11 p.m., two unknown males allegedly approached a female as she was putting items into her car. The two males were allegedly armed, one with a knife and the other with a can of pepper spray. According to the victim one of the males said something to the effect of 'give me your stuff' at which point the victim screamed and ran away. She believed the pepper spray was deployed. The female sought assistance from a friend who was in the area and called 911.”
Peralta said investigators would like to speak to the Good Samaritan from Alexandra Road.
Anyone with information regarding this matter may contact Richmond RCMP at
604-278-1212 or by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).