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Man arrested after attacking three people with bear spray at a Merritt hotel.

“He dispersed bear spray on three people in a room. Then he closed the door, and held it closed so they couldn’t get out. Long enough that two of the three people were significantly impacted, and had to be taken to hospital."

Merritt RCMP S/Sgt Sheila White says the incident at the Coldwater hotel occurred last night around 6:30pm.

A 52-year-old male with an extensive criminal record, who had recently moved to Merritt, was later arrested without incident.

"He's been charged with three counts of assault with a weapon, three counts of forcible confinement, and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order."

White says the male is expected to appear in court later today in Kamloops, and Merritt RCMP are recommending he be held in custody.

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