Richmond RCMP are warning the public after two incidents involving women who were attacked with pepper spray.
According to police, the attacks took place on August 21.
The first reported incident took place in 8400-block of Alexandra Road at approximately 10:30 pm. Two women were allegedly pepper-sprayed by two unknown males after leaving a local business. The victims ran onto the road and an unidentified Good Samaritan checked up on them and transported them to hospital.
The second incident took place shortly after at 11 pm in the 4300-block of No 3 Road. Two unknown men allegedly approached a woman who was putting items into her car. One suspect was allegedly armed with a knife and the other with a can of pepper spray.
According to the victim, one of the men spoke to her and said “give me your stuff” and she screamed and ran away. The victim said she was pepper sprayed. She sought assistance from a friend in the area and the police were contacted.
Cpl. Adriana Peralta with the Richmond RCMP says the two incidents are linked.
“It appears these two incidents are connected,” she said in a statement. “We want to remind the public to remain alert to their surroundings and to call 911 immediately to report any incidents involving weapons.”
Police are are canvassing the areas for witnesses and video surveillance. Richmond RCMP are looking to identify the Good Samaritan who assisted the victims during the Alexandra Road incident.
Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or by email . Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).