A resident of Saint-Laurent, Quebec is speaking out after an alleged pepper spray attack which he says left him stunned.
Omer Cheema says he is sharing his experience because he wants people to be aware.
Cheema says he was walking home from the gym last Friday when he noticed two people in their twenties, a man and a woman, acting strangely.
He says that at first he didn’t do much with them – until they parted ways in different directions.
“The girl actually walked across the road, behind a big SUV car and right in front of me. She looked at the guy as kind of confirmation,” Cheema said.
“When she was probably a foot or two away from me, she sprayed my neck.”
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According to Cheema, the incident happened near the corner of Thompson and Deguire streets around 9:00 p.m.
Cheema says he was walking alone and looking at his phone. He was recovering from a bicycle accident and one of his arms was injured.
“I think when they first walked past me, they saw the opportunity of an injured person,” Cheema speculated.
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When he realized what had happened, he says he collected himself and went home.
“I was shocked. I had my phone in my hand but I couldn’t really think at the time,” Cheema said.
When he got home, Cheema says his neck started burning.
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He says he decided to call the police a few days later because he doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else.
He says the police told him it might be a gang initiation rite, so he filed a police report.
“There needs to be a record so that if something happens in the future at least people know about it and to make it a bit safer for people living here,” Cheema said.
“Even though it’s a very safe neighborhood, we don’t want things to go south here, especially with families with children.”
Montreal police say they cannot comment on specific cases. However, SPVM spokeswoman Gabriella Youakim told Global news that they recommend people who are victims of an assault call 911 as soon as possible so that investigators have a better chance of locating the suspects.
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