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Bear spray used in Victoria home invasion

May 23 2012

Victoria police are looking for two of the three men who carried out a violent home invasion Monday night, spraying the victim with bear spray and beating him to settle a drug debt.

One man has been arrested and is facing charges of break and enter, forcible confinement and assault with a weapon.

Around 6 p.m., three men in balaclavas broke into a suite in the 2900-block of Cedar Hill Road and attacked the 34-year-old resident while his frightened female companion looked on, said police spokesman Const. Mike Russell.

They sprayed him with bear spray and beat him before fleeing in a blue, 1960s model Chrysler sedan.

The victim was targeted in relation to a drug debt, Russell said, but did not know if anything was stolen. The victim sustained bruising but did not have to go to hospital.

Police spotted the vehicle several hours later in the 600-block of Pandora Avenue and with guns drawn, arrested the two people inside.

The driver, a 38-year-old Saanich man, was arrrested in connection with the incident. His female passenger was released without charge.

Investigators were set to interview the Saanich man Tuesday morning. He is known to police.

Police are trying to determine the identities of the two other two people based on the man’s associates.

Anyone with information about the home invasion is asked to call Victoria police at 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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