CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The tables turned on a North Carolina woman after she used pepper spray to try mugging a man who disarmed her and sprayed her back.
Michael Wilson, 30, says he had just returned from the Super Bowl, making a trip to an ATM before going home Tuesday, when he was approached outside his condominium by a woman much larger than him.
The woman allegedly threatened to cause a scene if Wilson did not give her money. She pulled a can of pepper spray from her purse and sprayed Wilson, who described the sensation as "someone taking sandpaper to your eye."
Wilson says he struggled with the woman, wrenching the device from her hands and spraying her back before she fled. Police apprehended a female suspect and brought her in for a line-up, but Wilson said it was not her. He theorizes the actual woman may have had an accomplice who observed the attempted robbery.
Police are still searching for Wilson's attacker.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates pepper spray as one of several riot control agents, or "chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin." It notes they are typically used by law enforcement for crowd control but in the case of pepper spray can be harnessed "by individuals and the general public for personal protection."