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Charges pending in cowardly attack

Charges are still pending against a 14-year-old boy in connection with a bear spray attack on a handicapped woman and her care aide last summer.

The incident, originally reported by Castanet News, occurred in Chichester Park September 1 when the pair were resting after a day of hiking.

Two boys on BMX bikes rode up to the two women, bear sprayed them in the face and eyes then jeered and laughed as they rode away.

About a month ago, police indicated they had a suspect in mind after he apparently bragged of the crime to others.

The same boy and a 15-year-old teen are also facing arson charges in connection with a house fire on Briarwood Road the day before the Chichester Park attack.

The fire, in the 100 block of Briarwood Road, was set about 2 p.m. August 31.

The fire was contained to a covered entrance on one side of the two storey structure, however, a portion of the building was extensively damaged.

Damage was estimated at about $175,000.

The teens, who are known to police, are scheduled to appear in court next month when charges are expected to officially be laid.

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