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Transgender woman arrested after targeting white people in New York pepper-spray attacks

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A man identifying as a transgender woman has been arrested in connection to around seven attacks in New York City’s Bronx area, after the aforementioned victims were doused in a pepper spray-like substance.

Thomas J. Heard was taken into custody after reportedly threatening another Bronx resident with a sharp object, and was caught by police due to cooperation by the victim.

Authorities believe the 37-year-old was also responsible for dousing several individuals with pepper spray, as well as violently kicking a stranger.

According to FOX News, one woman claims that they initially believed Heard had pulled a knife or gun, but the weapon was ultimately the aerosol-based defense spray.

The NYPD believe that Heard’s actions were racially motivated, as all of the victims were white. After being arrested, authorities confiscated the pepper spray along with a pair of scissors.

Heard has since been charged with assault as a hate crime, menacing as a hate crime, harassment as a hate crime and assault with criminal possession of a weapon.

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