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Yellowknife RCMP investigate two unrelated bear spray incidents

As first reported by Moose 100.1 FM, two unrelated incidents with a noxious substance, which is believed to be bear spray, are being investigated by Yellowknife RCMP.

At approximately 8:14 p.m., on Friday, September 20, 2019, Yellowknife RCMP received a call for service for a complaint, unrelated to the noxious substance, at an apartment building on Gitzel Street.

Upon entering the building, RCMP members detected the odor of what is believed to be bear spray in the first-floor stairwell. The City of Yellowknife Fire Department was called in to assist in decontaminating the building. The building was evacuated as a precaution. No resident needed medical treatment. No suspect has been arrested in this incident and the investigation is closed.

Arthur C. Green/The Moose

At approximately 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 21, Yellowknife RCMP received a call for service regarding an alleged assault in the area of Sissons Court. Two victims were allegedly sprayed with bear spray in their residence. The City of Yellowknife Emergency Medical Services were already on-site, providing treatment for a non-life threatening injury to both victims.

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A male suspect was later arrested without incident in connection to this incident.

Chris Kaminesky, 35-year-old, has been charged with:

  • Two counts of Assault with a weapon
  • Breaking and Entering with intent
  • Possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call Yellowknife RCMP at 669-1111, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: “nwtnutips” plus your message to 274637

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