Over the weekend the Williams Lake RCMP responded to two different assault incidents.
At approximately 10 p.m. on Aug. 25, the Williams Lake RCMP responded to multiple complaints of an assault with a weapon at the Elks Hall.
There had been a dance at the hall when three to four males attended and concealed their faces with bandanas.
For no apparent reason this group of males then began to bear spray people inside and outside of the hall.
Dozens of innocent bystanders were contaminated.
The aggressors shouted out gang affiliated names and identified themselves as members of a local gang.
Several victims had to be taken to Cariboo Memorial Hospital for treatment.
On Aug. 26 at 4 a.m., the Williams Lake RCMP responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of Third Ave. North.
A group of six individuals (young adults) were assaulted while walking on Third Ave. by another group made up of three to four males and one female using weapons. Injuries were minor in nature. The incident is still under investigation.
Anyone having information regarding either incident is asked to contact the Williams lake RCMP at (250) 392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 (tips).
Over the past couple of months, there has been an increase in crimes related to vehicles including mischiefs (damage), thefts from and thefts of.
While the RCMP believe it is small group of individuals involved, the spike in these crimes has been quite significant.
Over the past weekend, the Williams Lake RCMP auxiliary constables were out on patrol in neighbourhoods notifying vehicle owners of at risk vehicles.
Specifically, if personal items (valuables) were in plain view, the auxiliary constables either left a notice on the windshield of the vehicle alerting the owner of a tempting and opportunistic vulnerability or knocked on the door at the residence and spoke personally to the owner.
The vehicles of choice for auto thefts recently have been Dodge pick-ups or Jeep Cherokees.
Again, the RCMP is asking the public to be vigilant and if you see suspicious activity or people lurking in and around yards and driveways to call 911.