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Penticton, B.C. man arrested in connection with bear-spray attack

FILE. RCMP lights. File / Global News

A Penticton, B.C., man is being charged after he allegedly bear sprayed someone while being caught rummaging through a car.

Mounties say officers were dispatched Nov. 20 to help with an assault in progress.

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“The victim confronted the suspect after catching him rummaging through a neighbour’s car. A struggle ensued, the victim was bear sprayed, and the suspect fled immediately after,” RCMP said in a press release.

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Officers responded with a large presence and quickly located the suspect.

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“The suspect was caught in possession of bear spray and items believed to be stolen from the vehicle,” Const. Dayne Lyons, said.

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The BC Prosecution Service has approved charges of assault, theft and possession of stolen property against Penticton resident Levi Jo Kamps.

Kamps was held in custody pending a future court date.

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