Teen pepper sprayed as Trump protesters, supporters clash
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Police are looking for a man who pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl as opponents and supporters of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump clashed outside a Wisconsin rally.
The altercation is the latest in a series of confrontations that have marred recent Trump events.
Janesville Police Sgt. Aaron Ellis said Wednesday that investigators have photos taken by participants at the demonstration outside the Holiday Inn Express on Tuesday, which could help to identify the man with the pepper spray.
Ellis said the girl told police she punched another man who groped her. Police also want to interview that man.
The girl and 19-year-old Emily Sylvester, who was standing next to her in the crowd, were taken to a hospital, treated and released. Ellis says the girl could face charges for punching the other man.
Sylvester talked to reporters after the situation.
“This dirty old man put his hands on this nice young lady, and she was going to go after him, and next thing you know I get pepper sprayed,” she said.
Others in the crowd say they never saw the girl get groped, including Daniel Hatter.
“First I saw the older man with the white hair, he poked her with a piece of paper for a little bit,” Hatter said. “Then she got extremely angry and started yelling at him – then less than 10 seconds later she punched him in the face.”
The man’s lawyer told News 3 he is fully cooperating with police and insists he did nothing wrong.
Police are also looking for the man suspected of spraying the pepper spray.