PALM BAY, Florida – On Monday, a Palm Bay woman was assaulted when she stepped out of her car to enter her residence. Thankfully, she was armed with pepper spray.
The assault happened early Monday evening on Pirate Avenue Southeast, which is east of Bayside Lakes, police Lt. Steve Bland said. A resident had driven to her home and stepped out of her car when she was attacked, Bland added.
The man fled after the victim sprayed him with pepper spray. There have not been any details about the assailant’s description.
Brevard County Police Officers checked the area for surveillance cameras but did not have any luck. Nothing was stolen in the attack, police said.
Pepper spray is a valid and legal method of self-defense in Florida. Anyone over the age of 18 can purchase it. However, you must be 21 years of age or older to carry it in a school. No one is permitted to carry more than 2 ounces of the chemical at one time.
If you have any information about this case, please call Crimeline at 800-423-8447 (TIPS).
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