MANHATTAN — A woman accused of spraying people in the face with an unknown substance believed to be mace has been arrested, police said.
Thomas Heard, 37, a transgender woman from the Bronx, was arrested Saturday night, immediately after a new attack.
Heard faces charges including menacing as a hate crime, harassment as a hate crime, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Police say Heard first sprayed a woman Friday afternoon inside and near 125th Street-St. Nicholas Avenue subway station along the A/B/C/D train lines in Harlem.
Authorities said Heard then exited the station and sprayed five people, four men and one woman, on 125th Street.
She then sprayed another woman in a similar fashion shortly after, this time on the train platform in the 96th Street subway station on the 1/2/3 lines on the Upper West Side, police said.
The victims, some of whom are tourists, said they felt a burning in their eyes after the attacks, according to police.
Police say none of the victims were seriously injured.