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02/12/2015 07:41 EST | Updated 04/15/2015 05:59 EDT

Airdrie Man Just Trying To Be Neighbourly Attacked With Pepper Spray

Pepper spray for self defense in hand.
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Pepper spray for self defense in hand.
AIRDRIE, Alta. - A man trying to be neighbourly on his way to work ended up being pepper-sprayed and almost hit with a hammer.

RCMP in Airdrie, a city north of Calgary, says a man was getting into his vehicle to go to work early Thursday morning when he saw a man near his car.

The man got out to say hello to who he thought was a neighbour, but instead, the man got a blast of pepper spray in the face.

The suspect then tried to hit the victim twice with a hammer, then fled down the street.

Police say they are looking for a white man, five feet eight inches to five feet nine inches tall, with a slight build and a scruffy beard.

He was wearing a brown winter coat with the hood up, winter work boots and multi-coloured gloves.

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