Pepper Spray Used in North Park Mugging

Even though she was struggling to see, the victim still tried to chase after the suspects’ car on foot

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Mar 1, 2012  |  Updated 6:32 AM PDT
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Pepper Spray Used in North Park Mugging

The victim (R) was questioned by San Diego police officers after the attack.

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A woman walking home from work was attacked with pepper spray and mugged in North Park. 

Two people were arrested and a third is sought in what police are calling a random attack. 

A car carrying a woman and two men pulled up alongside the victim while she was walking along 33rd Street and Boundary right next to the southbound on-ramp for Interstate 805 after 1 a.m. Thursday.

According to the victim, a woman in the vehicle got out of the car and asked her for the time. That's when the victim was attacked police said.

As the victim attempted to get away, the suspect chased after her using pepper spray on the victim’s face officers said.

The suspect took the victim’s purse and then took off in a car with two other men.

Even though she was struggling to see, the victim still tried to chase after the suspects’ car on foot.

“Our victim was able to ascertain some good information as far as suspect description, license plate, things like that," Lt. Brian Goldberg with San Diego police.

Once officers arrived they helped her recover by using bottled water to rinse off her face.

Officers said they arrested Tyea Whitson, 19, and another juvenile female in the attack. Because  the second suspect is a juvenile, officers would not release her name or her age.

Investigators are still looking for a third suspect, an adult male.

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