NYPD arrests Florida woman for anti-Asian pepper-spray attack

A Florida woman who allegedly has used pepper spray on a group of Asian women in Manhattan has been arrested on several hate crime charges, the New York Police Department said Saturday.

Madeline Barker, 47, of Merritt Island, Florida, allegedly got into a “verbal altercation” and made anti-Asian statements before using pepper spray on four women in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood around 6 p.m. on June 11, the NYPD said.

According to NYPD, the attack was captured on video.

The victims refused medical attention, according to police.


Barker was charged with two counts of assault as a hate crime; two counts of attempted assault as a hate crime; and four counts of harassment as a hate crime.

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