Prince Rupert RCMP are investigating a pepper spray assault on a business owner that occurred on Nov. 17.

RCMP investigate bear spray assault on business owner

A business owner on Second Avenue West was assaulted with bear spray in his store on Nov. 17.

A business owner on Second Avenue West was assaulted with bear spray in his store Thursday evening.

Prince Rupert RCMP went to the business located in the 700 block of Second Avenue West to respond to an alarm. At 6:35 p.m. they found the owner in distress, but he did not require medical attention.

The masked suspect had sprayed the store owner immediately after entering the store and then left the scene on foot, stated Sgt. Dave Uppal in the police press release. The suspect then got into a vehicle between Second Avenue West and Third Avenue West.

Witnesses told the police the licence plate number of the vehicle, which was later found in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue East where a 28-year-old female was taken into custody.

The police are still investigating the incident and ask if anyone has information to contact the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-627-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.