Florida woman accused of pepper spraying Asian women in Chelsea arrested on hate crime charges




NEW YORK — A Florida woman who allegedly used pepper spray on a group of Asian woman in Manhattan has been arrested on hate crime charges. 

Police said 47-year-old Madeline Barker of Merritt Island, Florida got into an argument with four women in Chelsea on June 11. 

Barker allegedly made anti-Asian statements before using pepper spray on the women.

She was charged with multiple counts of assault, attempted assault and harassment as hate crimes. 

CBS New York Team

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