Woman maced in McDonald's while tracking robbery suspect

SEATTLE -- A woman tracking a man she believed attacked and robbed an acquaintance of hers the previous day was waylaid by a pepper-spraying girl Sunday afternoon in a West Seattle McDonald's, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim and her acquaintance were at Westwood Village around 3:45 p.m. looking for surveillance footage from the previous day's robbery when she heard two men start laughing at her acquaintance as the person they had beat up the day before.

The victim and her acquaintance split up, both following one of the men, and called 911 to report they were tracking the people they believed were responsible for the robbery.

The victim followed one of the men to a nearby McDonald's, trying to keep him in view until officers arrived, when a girl started yelling at her and waving her hands in her face, according to the report.

The victim later told officers she was afraid the girl was going to hit her, so she pushed her hands away. According to the report, the girl pulled out pepper spray from her purse and maced the victim in the face.

Multiple people in the restaurant called 911, and the victim ran away, taking shelter in a QFC.

Officers arrived and found the suspect, as well as a handful of other youths who were reportedly involved, in front of the McDonald's. According to the report, the suspect was irate, punching signs and yelling at officers.

After calming down, the suspect gave officers the pepper spray from her purse and was arrested for investigation of assault. In addition, the suspect had a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest and had been listed as a missing juvenile. She was booked into the Youth Services Center.

The suspected robber the victim had been tracking was long gone.