2 suspects sought after group sprayed by unknown substance downtown

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2 suspects sought after group sprayed by unknown substance downtown

Toronto police are searching for two male suspects after a group of people were sprayed with an unknown substance similar to pepper spray near Yonge-Dundas Square on Friday night.

Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook, spokesperson for Toronto Police Service, said police were called to the area at about 9:45 p.m. for a report of an attempted robbery.

She said two men reportedly tried to rob a third man. The victim resisted and an "unknown substance" similar to pepper spray was sprayed in his face. Nothing was stolen from the victim, she said.

Douglas-Cook said a number of other people were also sprayed by the substance. She could not confirm how many.

The two men then fled the scene.

According to Toronto paramedics, three to four people were assessed at the scene but nobody was transported to hospital. The group was treated for minor injuries.

Dan Hunter, deputy commander of Toronto Paramedic Services, could not confirm the type of substance.

On Friday, Const. David Hopkinson said it appears the incident took place on the northeast corner of the intersection as people emerged from a movie theatre. Hopkinson said "a large can" was used. 

According to initial reports, the two suspects were seen running north on Yonge Street.

No description of the two suspects was available.

Police said they are reviewing security footage as they investigate the incident.