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Comox Valley RCMP are seeking witnesses after an assault in Courtenay Tuesday night.

On May 26, at approximately 8:30 p.m. a man was assaulted after he confronted a man an going through his truck.

The victim’s truck was parked on Osprey Place in Courtenay when he noticed a man inside the vehicle. He confronted the suspect who got out and demanded the keys for the truck.

The victim did not hand over the keys and instead started to chase him off, which is when he was attacked with what police say appears to be bear spray.

Although police, including along a K9, were on scene quickly, they were not able to locate the suspect who was last seen running toward Embleton Crescent.

“It is possible that someone in the area saw the suspect fleeing the scene and would be able to assist with his identification,” said Cst. Monika Terragni, Media Relations Officer, Comox Valley RCMP.

“It was still light out so there were likely people out enjoying the nice weather and cars
driving through the area,” she added.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, approximately 5’11” with a medium build,
wearing all black with a black backpack.

Anyone with information, video surveillance footage, or dashcam footage is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321. Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).