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UPDATE: Suspect arrested after alleged theft/assault

On Oct. 24, 2021, Trail and Greater District RCMP arrested the alleged suspect in this assault who will face a future court date in regards to this incident. Trail RCMP will be requesting Crown Counsel review a detailed report about the incident and pursue charges.

Previous coverage:

Trail and Greater District RCMP are looking for two individuals involved in an alleged theft from vehicle and assault, according to detachment commander Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On Oct. 20, at 4:27 a.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report about two Trail men who had been assaulted by an alleged thief near the 2700 block of Highway Drive, in Trail Wicentowich said..

'A 45-year-old Trail man and his 23-year-old son discovered a man and woman inside their truck parked outside of their Glenmerry home. The suspect fled from the scene upon discovery.'

The victims realized that a number of items had been taken from inside of their truck by the alleged thieves.

"The father and son pursued the man and woman until they reached the Highway Drive ‘S’ curve. The victims confronted the suspects and asked for the return of a jacket taken from the truck.

'The male suspect allegedly responded by spraying both father and son with pepper spray, then struck the son in the head with the pepper spray canister. The son received an injury as a result of being struck by the canister.

'Both suspects then fled the area.'

The man is described as being short, with short hair, wearing track pants and a blue hooded sweatshirt.

The woman is described as having blue eyes, red hair, and was wearing a pink and purple hooded sweatshirt with a design, and blue jeans.

Trail and Greater District RCMP continues to investigate the matter as a top priority and will be forwarding a report to Crown Counsel as soon as possible, said Wicentowich. Trail RCMP encourages the public to call 911 in these kinds of scenarios and maintain a safe distance when making observations of am alleged crime or criminal. Incidents like this can go sideway suddenly and without warning.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the alleged theft from vehicle and assault to please contact the Trail and Greater District RCMP at 250-364-2566 to speak to the investigating officer.