Police are asking the public for their assistance in solving a series of bear spray assaults, all of which are believed to be related.
On September 30, 2017, at 2:50 pm, police were dispatched to the Regina General Hospital for the report of a bear spray or pepper spray assault. The victim, an 18 year-old female, was walking alone in the west alley at 12th Avenue and Toronto Street, when a white truck pulled up alongside her from behind, called for her attention, and as she turned to look, an occupant of the truck sprayed her in the face.
On September 30, 2017, at 3:52 pm, police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Quebec Street for a report of another spray assault. Two fourteen year-old females and a twelve year-old female had been sprayed by people in a white truck.
On September 30, 2017, at 11:54 pm, police were dispatched to the 900 block of East Arcola Avenue to investigate a spray assault. The victim, a 32 year-old male, was walking alone when a white truck pulled up beside him, and one of the occupants then sprayed him.
On October 1, 2017, at approximately 12:22 am, police were dispatched to 11th Avenue and Winnipeg Street for the report of a spray assault. A caller indicated that someone had been sprayed at that location, then hung up. An area check for the apparent victim or victims of the spraying was met with negative results.
On October 1, 2017, at approximately 2:00 am, police received information that a white truck seen racing around the neighborhood was now stopped, having crashed into a tree at the 1600 block of Toronto Street. Police arrived and found the white truck at rest against a tree, and abandoned. The truck was confirmed to be a stolen vehicle.
Police are investigating these incidents and believe them to be related. Police are following up with victims and witnesses in these incidents, and it is believed that there were three or four occupants in the truck during these assaults, and that two of the occupants were females, who are believed to be in their teens.
There were no serious injuries in any of the spray assault incidents.
Police are asking that anyone who has information that could assist police in this investigation to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6364 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.