Police release sketch of suspect who used bear spray in robbery attempt

This is a police sketch of a suspect who used bear spray in an attempted cellphone robbery in Langley City on Feb. 16. - Langley RCMP sketch
This is a police sketch of a suspect who used bear spray in an attempted cellphone robbery in Langley City on Feb. 16.
— image credit: Langley RCMP sketch

Langley RCMP have released a sketch of a man believed to have bear sprayed a victim in an attempted cellphone robbery.

On Feb. 16, around 2:30 a.m., a man who had just left an apartment complex was approached by the suspect who asked for a cigarette.  When the victim told him he didn’t have one, the suspect then asked for his cellphone.  Once again he was told “No” and the suspect sprayed him in the face with bear spray before fleeing south on 203 Street.

The suspect was tracked by a police dog to an apartment complex in the 5300 block of 204 Street. But the suspect wasn’t found.

He is described to be in his early 20s, Aboriginal, six feet tall, heavy-set, clean-shaven, with straight teeth and short dark gelled hair approximately two inches long.  He was wearing a black Goretex-type jacket and dark blue jeans with dark boots.

If you are able to help with this investigation, call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.  Should you need to remain anonymous,  call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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