A Washington woman maced a mother and son while in an elevator over concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant, police. But, the suspect found she isn't immune from the law for her actions.
On July 26, the Seattle Police Department said Czarina Lee Slape, 32, pepper-sprayed a woman and her 7-year-old son while riding in an elevator.
According to authorities, the child and his mother got on the elevator with Slape to pick up his younger sister at daycare.
When they got on the elevator, the mother said she could hear Slape mumbling, swearing and screaming to herself, so she asked if everything was alright, police said.
KOMO News reported Slape then saying, “If you talk to me again I’m going to mace you.”
The mother told Slape she had to pass her to get off the elevator, which is when Slape turned around and pepper-sprayed both her and the child, officials said.
Police said the mother admitted to hitting Slape after the attack as the suspect took off from the scene.
Seattle police quickly found Slape, who claimed she was protecting herself because she is high risk for COVID-19 and has been worried about the Delta variant.
Slape said the mother verbally assaulted her before she accidentally sprayed the two in self-defense.
Slape is no stranger to police as she has 21 other arrests. Slape is currently being held at King County Jail on a $1,000 bond, as she is facing felony charges of third-degree assault of a child and a third-degree assault.