A man walking his dog in the Harper's Choice community of Columbia was assaulted by a woman with a golf club, which led to the man pepper spraying the woman, Howard County police said Thursday.
Jaconda Wagner, 46, of the 5400 block of Harpers Farm Road, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, aggravated animal cruelty, reckless endangerment, harassment and a weapon charge in connection with the Aug. 7 incident.
According to the statement of charges, Wagner and the victim had confrontations in the days leading up to the incident. On the morning of Aug. 7, Wagner left her house, crossed the street and approached the victim with a golf club on her shoulder, according to the document.
The victim told police Wagner tried to hit his leashed dog, a yellow lab, over the head with the golf club as it came close to her, according to the document. According to police, the dog "did not appear aggressive to anyone on the scene."
After Wagner allegedly swung the club, the victim pepper sprayed her and tried to wrestle the club away from her, according to the document. Wagner then allegedly swung the club and hit the victim in the elbow, causing cuts and bleeding, according to the document.
The victim, who was treated at the scene, again sprayed Wagner in the face with pepper spray, according to the document.
On Aug. 3, Wagner and the victim had a confrontation in which Wagner allegedly threatened him with a golf club, according to the document. On Aug. 4, Wagner, who was carrying the golf club, jumped in front of the victim's car as he was trying to leave the neighborhood and would not let him pass, according to the document.
According to police, this is not an isolated incident as Wagner has had prior "adverse contact" with other dog walkers in the community.
Wagner was released Aug. 9 after posting bond, according to online court records.
The incident coincides with the news that the Columbia Association plans to open a dog park off of Rivendell Lane in Harper's Choice -- approximately 1,000 feet from the reported incident -- in the fall.
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