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Police arrest alleged pepper-spray attacker

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A public plea from Abbotsford Police has helped capture a man wanted in the pepper-spray attack of two people.

Const. Ian MacDonald said Christopher William Baird, 30, was arrested Friday afternoon after police received a tip. He was found in an outbuilding on a property in the 1800 block of Shore Crescent.

Police released Baird's photo after he fled from the scene where he allegedly pepper-sprayed a man and a woman with whom he had been in a verbal dispute. The incident took place Nov. 14 in a parking lot in the 30800 block of Peardonville Road.

Baird was charged with one count of uttering threats and two counts of assault, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

His criminal background includes convictions for assault, theft and drug possession, according to the provincial court database.

Earlier this month, he went on trial in Chilliwack and was convicted of possession of a firearm and carrying a weapon with ammunition. He was sentenced to 18 months' probation and a lifetime firearms ban.

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