The Campbell River RCMP is reporting a bear spray attack in the downtown core.

On Sunday night, police were called after security guards came across three people rinsing each other’s eyes out with milk on the courthouse steps after allegedly being sprayed. 

The victims took off before the police arrived but a 25-year-old later came to the hospital, but wasn’t sharing any information. 

Const. Maury Tyre says the incident is believed to be connected to the local drug trade.

It was part of a busy week for the local police:

New to town and time to behave

A patron who refused to wear a mask reportedly created quite the ruckus at Beach Fire Brewing last Saturday.

At around 2:30pm, the 32-year-old man was reportedly being belligerent, screaming and yelling vulgarities and refusing to wear a mask. 

Const.Tyre says there were a couple of factors at play.

“The male was new to town and it was expressed in no uncertain terms by the attending officer that such behaviour would not be permitted in the community.”

Tyre added that mental health is also believed to have played a role.

Pedestrian Hit and Run

If you hit someone with your vehicle, stick around until police arrive.

That’s the message from the Campbell River RCMP after a 16-year-old was hit in the crosswalk at Dogwood Street and Robron Road on Jan. 8th. 

The male driver stopped and did a cursory check on the youth, and then went home. 

He later came forward and received charges and warnings under the motor vehicle act.

Tyre says while there was not believed to be malicious intent, the driver avoided his responsibility in the crash.

“It’s extremely important that drivers understand their responsibilities in an accident situation,” Tyre said. 

“You need to ensure that a proper exchange of information takes place with parties involved and if someone in the accident is a minor it would be wise to ensure contact with their guardian is made or contact the police.”

If you have been the victim of a crime or wish to report a criminal act, please call 250-286-6221. In an emergency call 911.

Stabbing victim recovering

Police were called to a report of a stabbing on Jan. 7th.

Tyre says the victim received head trauma, adding that the investigation revealed that the injured party and the alleged attackers were known to one another and there was no threat to the general public. 

The victim is expected to make a full recovery.

Break and Enter

A break-and-enter at a home in the 2400 block of Island Highway South was reported to RCMP on Janu. 8th. 

Tyre says the homeowner had been away on business and it was not clear when the actual break-in occurred. 

“It was believed at the time of the report that stolen items from the home had already been recovered from a prolific property criminal two weeks earlier,” Tyre added.

Tyre said a case like this is an excellent example of ensuring that if you are away from home for any length of time, make sure someone keeps an eye on your place.

“It can often be worthwhile to have a home sitter or at the very least, very regular checks on the home. In fact, some insurance companies may actually require certain levels of securities and check-ins while you are away.”