Abbotsford Police ask for help in finding man charged with assault

Abbotsford Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man wanted for allegedly bear-spraying two people.

Christopher Baird

Christopher Baird

Abbotsford Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who allegedly attacked two people with bear spray earlier this week during a dispute.

Christopher William Baird, 30, has been at large since the incident, which occurred just after midnight on Monday. He has been charged with two counts of assault and one count of uttering threats, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Const. Ian MacDonald said a 20-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, who were friends with Baird, were allegedly pushed and pepper-sprayed during an argument in a parking lot in the 30800 block of Peardonville Road.

“For whatever reason, something caused him to (allegedly) respond the way he did,” MacDonald said.

He said police have been searching for Baird and have communicated to friends and family that he should turn himself in, although they are not concerned that he is a risk to the general public.

Baird has connections to other Lower Mainland communities and might not be in Abbotsford at this time, MacDonald added.

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.

Baird is described as 5′ 10″, about 180 pounds with short brown hair and blue eyes.

Any sightings of Baird should be reported immediately to the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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