We had a lady who was attacked last night at a park near my house. The assailants ( mid-aged woman and man) pepper-sprayed a 19yo woman 6 or 7 times at close range, even as the victim was running away. The assailants drove off long before the police arrived and the police have started an investigation looking for them.
From what I was able to ascertain, the victim saw the couple fighting and cursing outside their car in the parking lot near the park. Their kids were in the car. The victim asked if they could go somewhere else as the assailant’s children and other children were around. Probably not the best move, but absolutely within her right to do so. No threats or foul language was used towards the assailants. That is when the couple started attacking.
No one intervened until the assailants left. The 19yo was temporarily blinded for several hours after the incident. I was not there to personally witness this, but it happened about a block from where I live. I’d like to know what would be the best way to handle something like this.
My question, given what context there is and beyond retreat/call 911. What would you have done in the victim’s shoes? Beyond what she did, was there a better way to resolve this situation?
What would you have done as a bystander if you witnessed this?
I am just curious what people’s reactions would be. This one hit close to home… People are very tense nowadays. I think its good to rehearse (even mentally) and discuss with others what would be appropriate for these kinds of situations.
Stay safe everyone.
Edit: This happened in Texas. Don’t know if that makes a difference, but thought Id mention it.