Pep­per spray sus­pected in at­tack

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS -

St. Thomas po­lice are search­ing for a sus­pect after a man was taken to hospi­tal after be­ing doused with a pep­per spray-like sub­stance. Po­lice say an ar­gu­ment at about 6 p.m. Friday near Fifth Av­enue and Welling­ton Street turned phys­i­cal. A man was pushed back­wards and then sprayed with a sub­stance that had a sim­i­lar ef­fect to the pep­per spray of­fi­cers carry, po­lice said. The man’s eyes and ex­posed skin im­me­di­ately burned and swelled. He ran down the street to a neigh­bour­ing home and 911 was called, po­lice said. The man whose name wasn’t re­leased was taken St. Thomas Elgin General Hospi­tal where he was treated and re­leased with no per­ma­nent dam­age. St. Thomas po­lice have iden­ti­fied the per­son re­spon­si­ble and are seek­ing a war­rant for their ar­rest.

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