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Authorities arrested a woman for supposedly spraying another female with pepper spray in Girard Estate.

At approximately 4:10 p.m. Friday, the complainant was driving eastbound on the 2000 block of Oregon Avenue and looked to make a turn onto 20th Street. She relayed that as she was turning, she saw someone giving her obscene hand gestures as the latter figure crossed the street, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. The motorist pulled over to Rita’s Water Ice at 20th Street and Oregon Avenue and stated that upon her exit from her vehicle, the pedestrian screamed obscenities as she approached her, telling law enforcement officials the woman was irate because she felt the complainant had tried to hit her with the car.

She said she and the unknown woman began to argue, with the offender, minus any provocation, pulling out a canister of pepper spray from her bag and discharging it at the complainant, striking her face and arm. Once police arrived, the victim gave a positive identification of Christina Romeo, whom they arrested. They also recovered a can of pepper spray and charged the 33-year-old resident of the 2100 block of South Garnet Street with possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person. She received a release on her own recognizance and awaits a May 2 status hearing.