Cops: Bicyclist Maces 2 After Near Crash
The woman and her son said the man on a bicycle rode in front of their car, but became irate at a warning that he had almost been hit.
A bicyclist who allegedly became irate and pepper sprayed two motorists was arrested Sunday after Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies found him hiding behind a building at a Cartersville flea market, according to the report.
A local, 33-year-old mom told police the man rode his bicycle in front of her car about 7 p.m. as she and her two children traveled on Mac Johnson Road toward U.S. 41. She said the man started yelling and cussing after she told him she had almost struck him.
The woman said she pulled into the Conoco gas station after the man repeatedly told her to get out of the car. When she exited the vehicle, the mother said the bicyclist sprayed her face and upper body with Mace.
Her juvenile son, in an effort to stop the alleged attack, also got out of the car, and met with the bicyclist's pepper spray, which hit the child's face, according to the mother, son and daughter. The ages of the children were not released.
Deputies say they found 54-year-old Thomas Bruce Henley hiding behind a building at a nearby flea market, a home at which was the recent scene of a bloody suspected stabbing incident that became Bartow's first homicide case of 2012.
The woman, who had told police the bicyclist walked toward the flea market after pepper spraying the two, positively identified Henley as that man. Henley allegedly denied he was involved in an altercation at the store.
He allegedly said he had not peppered sprayed anyone, but the deputies say they had not mentioned to Henley that detail of the reported altercation.
Henley, whose address is listed as room at Parkway North, was arrested and charged with two counts of battery.