Woman fights back with pepper spray

A Traverse City woman used pepper spray to get away from a man she said was going to assault her.

The 31-year-old was pushing her 9-month-old baby in a stroller in the Clinch Park area at 8:15pm Saturday, when she was approached by a man who asked her what time it was. After the man walked away the victim saw him talking to another woman. The victim said she had a bad feeling about the man and as she walked away she got a can of pepper spray from her purse and held it in her hand.

The woman told police, as she entered the tunnel to walk to Cass Street the man approached her quickly from behind and grabbed onto her attempting to twist her around. The victim states she sprayed the suspect with the pepper spray. The victim stated the suspect let her go yelling "I just want your returnables". The victim states she was running away at this time and continued to run out of the south end of the tunnel.

The victim and her daughter were not hurt. Any one who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Traverse City Police Department's Detective Bureau at 231-995-5151.

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