Police investigate pepper spray incident at Vernon Rec Centre

Vernon RCMP are investigating an alleged pepper spray incident inside the Vernon Rec Centre

Vernon RCMP are investigating an alleged pepper spray incident inside the Vernon Rec Centre.

Staff from the re centre called police at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday to report a pepper spray incident in the men’s change room.

“Our officers attended and were told the suspect ran out the back door of the complex,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

All swimmers had been evacuated from the pool area as a precaution.

“One 19-year-old man did get pepper sprayed and staff and one of our officers helped him get decontaminated at the pool,” said Molendyk.

“There is some indication the victim knew the suspect but doesn’t know why he would be targeted for such an act.”

A police service dog was called to assist, however they were not able to locate the suspect.

The file is still being investigated, and anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Vernon detachment at 250-545-7171.

 

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