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Montreal police arrest suspect in Metro pepper spray incident

Metro users wait at the Yellow Line's Longueuil station, Weds., Jan. 9, 2019. Karen Macdonald/Global News

Montreal police have arrested a 38-year-old man following an incident in the Metro earlier this month that left thousands of commuters stranded.

Three lines of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) network were shut down Jan. 9 after a situation deteriorated between two men at the Champ-de-Mars Metro station on the orange line.

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“One of them used pepper spray on the Metro platform,” said Caroline Chèvrefils, a spokesperson with Montreal police.

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Officers arrived on the scene and located the victim, a man in his 50s. He was then taken to hospital.

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About 15 people were “likely affected” by the pepper spray, leading to the emergency shutdown.

Two of them were evaluated by Urgences-Santé and a woman in her 40s was transported to hospital.

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