APD: Male bicyclist sought for pepper spraying people near downtown Anchorage
Last updated at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28
A male on a bicycle has been riding around Anchorage pepper-spraying people, the Anchorage Police Department said Sunday.
Police stated they started receiving calls just before 6 p.m. from at least four people saying they’d been pepper-sprayed by the bicyclist. The first reports came from people in Town Square Park and then near the Sullivan Area.
Police initially said the suspect was found by the Anchorage Fire Department just after 6 p.m., but later corrected their statement, as AFD had picked up one of the suspect’s victims instead. That victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.
“The suspect has been described as a white male riding a bicycle,” APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said in a statement.
She said the suspect was seen wearing a black shirt with a gold emblem on it, blue jeans and bright red shoes. It’s believed he is carrying a black backpack and “possibly a camouflage backpack as well,” Oistad said.
Anyone who is a victim who has not yet called police or has information about the suspect is asked to call 907-786-8900.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
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