Two arrested

Two people were arrested in connection with a downtown Whitehorse assault involving bear spray. At about 1 a.m.

Two people were arrested in connection with a downtown Whitehorse assault involving bear spray.

At about 1 a.m. Friday, RCMP responded to a report of three people on Main Street being sprayed with bear repellent.

RCMP responded and Emergency Medical Services treated the three victims for discomfort related to the bear spray.

Witness reports led officers to two suspects who were arrested shortly after the incident. The attack was random and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident, said RCMP.

Whitehorse resident James Johnnie, 20, was arrested along with a 16-year-old Whitehorse youth. Both are charged with one count each of assault with a weapon and administering a noxious substance. The youth’s identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Both suspects appeared in court Friday. RCMP continue to investigate.


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