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Woman wanted for pepper spraying doctor's office worker for refusing to wear mask turns herself in

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A Buffalo woman wanted for allegedly pepper spraying an employee at a doctor's office after the employee asked her to put on a mask turned herself in to police Saturday morning.

Deshawna Taylor

Deshawna Taylor.

Deshawna Taylor, 27, was charged with a felony count of second-degree assault, along with child endangerment and unlawfully possessing noxious material.

At about 4 p.m. Aug 31, a woman entered Kenwood Pediatrics, 2121 Main St., at the corner of Humboldt Parkway, and was asked by staff members to put on a mask.

The woman, identified as Taylor, refused to don a mask and then sprayed an employee. A juvenile was present in the area, leading to the child endangerment charge.

Police released a photo of Taylor to the media Friday asking for help in finding her.

Taylor turned herself in at the Northeast District station at 9 a.m. Saturday, police said.


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I've worked at The Buffalo News since 2005. I previously worked as a reporter at the New York Daily News and the Charlotte Observer and was a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

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