Man charged in connection with pepper spray assault

Lethbridge Police have charged a 32-year-old man with assault with a weapon in connection with an incident last week where a male was pepper sprayed.

On June 30, 2016 between 12:20 a.m. and 2:58 a.m. police responded to a total of four assault reports involving male victims who were sprayed in the face with pepper spray. Two of the incidents occurred near the 300 block of Stafford Drive North, one near the 400 block of 5 Street South and the other in the alley along the 200 block of 1 Avenue South.

In three of the cases, the victims were confronted by a group of males who were unknown to them and in the fourth case the victim was confronted and assaulted by a male subject who is known to him. In all cases the subjects fled the area prior to police arrival and despite efforts to find them, were not located. None of the victims was seriously injured.

Following further investigation a suspect was identified and located later in the day on June 30. He was arrested without incident and has been charged in connection with one of the pepper spray assaults. The other three assaults remain under investigation as there is insufficient evidence to lay additional charges at this time.

Barry Joel Soosay, 32, of Lethbridge, is charged with one count of assault with a weapon and breach of probation.

Soosay was released from custody by a Justice of the Peace with conditions including a daily curfew and prohibitions from having any contact with the victim, possessing any weapons or attending the downtown core. Soosay was scheduled to make his first court appearance yesterday.