Bear-Spraying Teen Suspects Arrested In Kelowna

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Kelowna RCMP are recommending assault charges against two teenage boys suspected of bear-spraying a disabled woman.

In September, a 32-year-old woman was with her care giver in a Kelowna park when police say two teens on bicycles rode up and shot bear spray in their faces.

RCMP said they now have two boys, aged 14 and 16, in custody and are considering charges of assault with a weapon.

If charges are laid by Crown prosecutors, the youths cannot be named because of their ages.

Chris Smith, the mother of the mentally disabled victim, said she’s pleased with the arrests.

“We don't want this to happen to anyone else. I do hope these boys don't get away with it with a slap on the wrist,” Smith said.

Smith said her daughter is still very traumatized by the attack.

"There's a possibility she'll never get over it. She'll always have post-traumatic stress from it."

Smith also said she thinks the teens should be forced to do community service with disabled people if they are convicted of the charges.

“So that they can see that these individuals are wonderful people. They do have hearts and souls just like we do.”