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Woman arrested for using pepper spray in a Pittsburgh hospital waiting room

Magee-Womens Hopsital in Pittsburgh, Pa., where a woman used pepper spray in a waiting room
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(CBS/KDKA) PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pennsylvania authorities say a woman is facing charges after using pepper spray in a Pittsburgh hospital waiting room.

CBS station KDKA reports police said that Chakeda Hamilton, 31, was allegedly upset with how long the nurse was taking and so she angrily sprayed her fiancé, Tyrell Knight, in the face.

There were eight people, including three nurses, and a secretary affected by the pepper spray. Hamilton's 2-year-old son was also in the room during the incident.

The criminal complaint states that patients overheard Hamilton getting upset and arguing with Knight about the amount of time she had waited for the nurse.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that when Knight called his mother for a ride home, Hamilton sprayed him twice in the face. As she left the room, she supposedly told women sitting behind a dividing curtain that they should leave because she has just used pepper spray.

Mr. Knight complained of "minor burning on his face and eyes, coughing," The Gazette says.

Hamilton's son was placed in the care of her fiancé when she was taken into custody. She claimed Knight had hit her in the mouth first, but she did not appear to have an injury there.

Hamilton was arraigned Wednesday on eight counts of reckless endangerment, simple assault and child endangerment. She was released after posting $10,000 bail.


  • Katie Wiggin

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