Woman Maces couple at dog park for not wearing face masks

California crank allegedly sprayed burning aerosol at pair after scolding them for not having covered faces and eating.

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A bystander filmed part of the ugly encounter at a California dog park, during which a woman allegedly sprayed Mace at a couple because they weren't wearing face masks.
(Ash Sherilynn OBrien/Facebook)

A woman allegedly sprayed an entire can of Mace at a California couple because they weren’t wearing face masks while sitting and eating lunch in the open air at a dog park.

A video filmed by a bystander and later uploaded to Facebook caught part of the disturbing encounter, which took place on Thursday afternoon at the Dusty Rhodes Dog Park in Ocean Beach, near San Diego.

So this happened today at dusty rhodes dog park today in ocean beach. This is my husband getting maced by a random old lady. We had our 3 month old pug with us. We were just sitting down eating lunch and minding our own business. We were not wearing masks because we were eating. You can’t wear a mask and eat at the same time. She kept calling us idiots and flipping me off. Then she started saying more stuff and I told her to leave the park and stop harassing us. She then came right up to our table wear we were eating, pointed the mace at me first and got a little on me, and then my husband stepped in and took the entire can. Thank god for the bystander that took this video because we are going to the police now to press charges. I am sharing this because people need to watch out for this lady in San Diego. Please share to spread awareness. That is me crying hysterically in the background because my innocent husband just got maced for no reason. We want justice.

Posted by Ash Sherilynn OBrien on Thursday, July 23, 2020

According to the injured pair, Ash O’Brien and husband Jarrett Kelley, the woman, who was wearing a black mask, attacked them with a can of the burning aerosol after haranguing them for not donning face coverings and eating.

First, she “automatically started saying stuff about us not wearing a mask when we were social distancing — there was no one near us,” O’Brien told KGTV.

O’Brien said the unnamed woman also berated them for eating at a picnic table at the park while they were there with their 3-month-old puppy, claiming it was against the rules.

“If we knew there was a no-food policy, we wouldn’t have brought it into the park,” O’Brien told the ABC affiliate.

The irate woman left after the initial exchange only to return a few minutes later and ambush them, O’Brien said.

“She just came up without saying anything and just stuck the Mace can right in front of my face,” O’Brien said. “My husband, being a good guy, walked in front of her and was like, ‘Hey, calm down, please don’t do this’ — and then she grabbed him and just starting Macing him. She used the entire can on him.”

“We drove to the hospital. He got treated and everything,” O’Brien added, noting that her husband suffered facial injuries while she sustained burns on her arms.

In the video partially capturing the encounter, the woman filming shouts at the attacker, “What are you doing? You cannot be serious! You just Maced them!”, as another female cries in the background.

The injured couple say they are pressing charges.

“I want her to go to jail — she assaulted my husband, and I’m angry about it,” O’Brien told the channel.

San Diego police confirmed they took a report alleging battery over the incident.

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