4/20/2014

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The family that pepper-sprays together stays together

SEATTLE -- A local man turned robbery and assault into a family affair when he pepper-sprayed two victims from a car being driven by his wife with his children in the backseat, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victims were walking through the QFC parking lot in the 11100 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast around 12:40 p.m. Monday when they saw a man they know approaching.

The female victim later told officers she thought the man wanted to talk about an incident that had taken place at her house earlier. Instead, the man reportedly grabbed the cellphone out of the male victim's hand and ran off.

The victims got into their car and drove around looking for the suspect, ending up parked near his house.

According to the report, a white PT Cruiser pulled up next to the victims' car. Inside the PT Cruiser were the suspect, his wife and their children, according to the report.

When the female victim told the suspect she was going to call police, he got out of the PT Cruiser and discharged pepper spray through the victims' open car window, hitting them both, according to the report.

The suspect fled, and officers arrived to find the victims standing near their car, spitting and pouring water on their red faces.

Despite suffering the after-effects of the pepper spray, they were able to give officers the suspect's name.

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