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iN VIDEO: Police looking for woman who spat at Penticton liquor store worker when asked to wear mask

Penticton RCMP are trying to identify a suspect who allegedly spat at an employee at the Skaha Lake Liquor Store, Nov. 21, 2020. RCMP describe the woman as Caucasian around 60 years old with grey hair. She is seen in this screenshot from surveillance video recorded at the store.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Skaha Lake Liquor Store
November 23, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Police are looking for a Penticton woman after she allegedly spat on a liquor store employee and damaged their phone when asked to wear a mask. 

Penticton RCMP responded to a report of an assault at the Skaha Lake Liquor Store Nov. 21 shortly before 2 p.m., according to a release.

An employee told police that a woman entered the store without a mask and when she was asked to put one on, she damaged their cell phone and spit at them.

“It’s extremely troubling an employee who was only following the Provincial health orders was subject to an assault of this nature,” Sgt. Jason Bayda said in a release. “Spitting at someone is a concern anytime let alone in the midst of a pandemic.”

The woman, who was wearing a black and pink coloured jacket, is described as Caucasian with grey hair, and around 60 years old.

Although police are in receipt of CCTV images of the woman, they would like to first provide her an opportunity to come forward and speak to investigators about the matter.

Penticton RCMP are asking the woman or anyone else who may have information about this incident to call them at 250-492-4300 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

— This story was updated at 11:25 a.m. Nov. 23, 2020 to include a photo and video of the suspect.

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