Police: Woman accused of pepper-spraying mother, son over candy in custody

Police: Woman accused of pepper-spraying mother, son over candy in custody

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say they have arrested a woman they were searching for who reportedly pepper sprayed a 20-year-old mother and her juvenile son over candy.

Taisha Sada Coakley, 26, was wanted for two counts of third-degree assault and battery, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.

The incident happened on Nov. 30 at 3:30 p.m.when the victim walked to the home of a woman.

The victim said she paid for candy being sold in a school fundraiser, but did not receive the candy. The victim went to the home of the mother of the child who sold the candy. The victim said during a verbal confrontation, she attempted to enter the woman's home, but said the woman pushed her away, told her to leave and shut the door.

One hour later, while the victim was at her own home, police say the woman's friend, Coakley, arrived to continue the argument about the candy. The victim told police they argued for several minutes during which Coakley took out a small canister of pepper spray and sprayed the victim and her juvenile son.

A police report states Coakley sprayed the entire contents of the canister before leaving. Authorities said Coakley did not attempt to strike or attempt to touch either of the victims during the altercation.

Officers reported contacting the woman the victim first spoke to. The woman said the victim did confront her at her home about the candy, but was not aware of anyone using pepper spray and denied knowing Coakley.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch Center at (843) 743-7200 and ask for the on-call CPD detective or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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