Two young men are facing several charges after a slew of bear spray attacks Sunday night.
Calls to RCMP began coming in at 8:15 p.m. after two men aged 19 and 20 dined and dashed from Earls Restaurant on Summit Drive.
About 20 minutes later, police were called for a bear spray attack of two men in the 900 block of Columbia Street during a foiled robbery attempt.
The victims said two men approached them on the street demanding their wallets and money. When the victims refused, they were hit with a burst of bear spray strong enough to send one of them to Royal Inland Hospital for treatment.
The suspects’ descriptions matched those involved in the dine and dash.
About 10 minutes later at 8:45 p.m., police received a report from B.C. Ambulance about a 24-year-old man bear sprayed in the 700 block of McGill Road.
That victim was approached by two unknown men and asked for change. When he refused, one of the men sprayed him in the face with bear spray.
Again, the suspects’ description matched those from the previous attacks.
Police finally caught up with the pair after a final attack involving someone who knew one of the suspects.
At around 10:40 p.m., police were called to a home in the 600 block of Grandview Terrace after two men approached a man and his girlfriend while they were having a barbecue.
An argument ensued leading one of the men to bear spray the house’s front door then run to the bottom of the deck in an effort to spray the couple.
The man knew one of the suspects, which allowed police to track him through RCMP records to an apartment in the 700 block of Grandview Terrace where the two were found and arrested without incident.
Both men were held in custody overnight and are expected to appear in Kamloops Provincial Court on multiple counts of assault with a weapon, obtaining food by fraud and robbery.