RCMP searching for suspect in road rage incident

Man used pepper spray on victim in parking lot of Penticton grocery store

Police are hoping someone will be able to identify the suspect in a recent road rage incident

Police are hoping someone will be able to identify the suspect in a recent road rage incident

Road rage was taken to a new level with pepper spray in a Penticton grocery store parking lot.

RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down the driver who waited for a man to emerge from the Real Canadian Wholesale Club to pepper spray him.

According to Crime Stoppers, on Sept. 12 a Penticton resident was driving down Main Street and accidently cut off another driver operating a dark coloured (possibly black with light coloured stripes) Honda CRV.

The man who was attacked in the parking lot told RCMP that gestures were exchanged and the driver of the CRV tried unsuccessfully to lure him into stopping and fighting. The man attempted to lose the CRV and went to the Real Canadian Wholesale Club to shop. Once inside, the man noticed the driver of the CRV in the store, but then saw him leave.

The victim finished his shopping and went out to his vehicle to put his groceries away, at which time the CRV pulled up behind him blocking his exit. The Crime Stoppers report said the man approached the CRV and was pepper sprayed by the driver. A woman, not involved in the incident but in the parking lot, was also sprayed.

RCMP are looking for a man caught on the Real Canadian Wholesale Club security camera at the entrance to the store that was wearing a Fox jacket and tuque. Anyone with information on the person driving the CRV is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to www.southokanagancrimestoppers.ca for other anonymous methods of passing along information.