TEMPE, AZ - A Tempe woman pepper-sprayed a 13-year-old boy in the face after another man allegedly sexually assaulted her near a light rail station, according to the Tempe Police Department.
Sgt. Mike Pooley said 21-year-old Mackenzie Lokare was walking to a light rail station and was in the area of Evergreen Road and University Drive in Tempe when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her bottom and her genital area.
The man reportedly then fled the scene, and Lokare tried to follow but lost sight of him.
She then saw a male subject outside of a nearby home and pepper-sprayed him in the face, Pooley said. But he ended up being 13-year-old Gilbert Lema.
The boy cried and asked Lokare why she pepper-sprayed him.
He then called his mother, who left work early and notified police.
"She was just out for revenge (against her attacker)," says Shemetria Hill, Lema's mother. "She came up from behind so how would she know who it was?" asked Hill.
The boy’s family filed charges, and Lokare was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a minor.
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