North Bay homeowners fight off intruder

A 30-year-old man has been charged after a home invasion in North Bay Monday evening.

Man demanding medication was hit with mop, sprayed with fire extinguisher before fleeing

A 30-year-old man has been charged after a home invasion in North Bay Monday evening.

City police said a man dressed in black and wearing a ski mask entered a home on Douglas Street, carrying what appeared to be a handgun and a can of bear spray. The man found a man and a woman in the kitchen, demanded their medication and attempted to tie them up with zip ties.

The victims refused and fought back.

During the fight the owners were sprayed with pepper spray, but they struck him with a mop and sprayed him in the face with a fire extinguisher until he ran out of the house.

Police search for evidence

The man fled south toward High Street and may have travelled through people's yards to the 200 block of Norwood Avenue, where police officers located him wearing shorts and running shoes.

Police said the man had fire extinguisher residue in his hair and ears but he had discarded his clothing, the mask, gun and a duffle bag somewhere along his route.

Police charged the man with break enter and commit assault, assault with a weapon, disguise with intent, overcome resistance, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and forcible confinement. He has been held in custody for a bail hearing.

Because the suspect’s route taken from the area of Douglas and High Streets to the 200 block of Norwood Avenue is unknown, North Bay Police have asked residents anywhere between or around these areas to check their yards for the discarded clothing, gun, mask and duffle bag. People are asked not to touch anything they find and to contact the North Bay Police at 705- 472-1234.