Woman charged after assaulting another woman with pepper spray in downtown Lindsay

Suspect originally went to police claiming to be the victim of an assault

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service in Lindsay. (Photo: City of Kawartha Lakes)

A Cameron woman has been charged with assault after she sprayed another woman in the face with pepper spray in downtown Lindsay.

On Tuesday morning (July 31), the victim parked her car on Kent Street West in downtown Lindsay. As she exited her vehicle, she was confronted by a woman she knows.

The two women had a brief exchange of words, after which the suspect sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray. The suspect then went to the Kawartha Lakes Police Service to report that she herself had been attacked by the victim.

After police investigators obtained statements from both women, they viewed video surveillance from local downtown businesses and determined the suspect was responsible for the incident.

Later the same day, police arrested 41-year-old Shaunna Lee Fortier of Cameron. She is charged with administering a noxious thing, assault with a weapon, and being in possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Lee Fortier will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on September 6, 2018.