A customer was bear sprayed in the parking lot at the Overlander Beer and Wine store on Lakeview Crescent in Williams Lake at 7:25 p.m. Oct. 30.
After receiving a call from an employee about the incident, members of the Williams Lake RCMP attended and secured the scene.
The victim said he had bought a case of beer, and as soon as he got back into his car, two native males approached him.
One of the males tried to punch him in the face; however, the victim kicked at him at which time one of the male perpetrators pulled out bear spray and sprayed the victim in the face.
Then the male perpetrator unzipped the victim’s jacket pocket and unsuccessfully tried to take his cell phone.
Emergency Health Services took the victim to the Cariboo Memorial Hospital for treatment due to contamination from the bear spray.
Police dog services member attended; however no suspects have been identified at this point, the RCMP says, and asks if anyone has any information they can contact the Williams Lake RCMP or call Crimestoppers.