Vandal breaks apartment window, sprays pepper spray or bear mace inside, police say

It's not known who did this or why, but police said there's no ongoing threat at this time.

Posted: Nov 29, 2021 2:34 PM
Updated: Nov 29, 2021 7:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Police are investigating after reports someone broke a window and sprayed pepper spray or bear mace inside a Eugene apartment Monday morning.

It happened before 7:15 a.m. in the 200 block of East 13th Avenue. The culprit is believed to have sprayed the chemical compound into the bottom-story apartment before running off. 

Police said the impacted residents got out safely.

Lisa Einhorn, who lives a couple of doors down from where the incident happened, said she woke up to the sound of a "horrific crash" at about 6:30 a.m. She said her neighbors who live in the apartment where it happened came to her door with towels on their faces.

"I got them some water, I got them another towel, and at that point the whole hallways started filling with it and I had to get out of the building. And pretty soon, everybody came out of the building," Einhorn said. "We stayed outside for about three hours until it cleared enough. But there were a few people who got their doors knocked on but they were asleep or had earplugs in or didn't hear it and then eventually staggered down the stairs because they woke up choking."

Einhorn said she has never had an incident quite like this one happen at the apartment. She said it is normally very quiet, and she enjoys living there. But she also said it isn't surprising to have have strange things happen in downtown Eugene.

"When you live downtown, you expect random acts of weirdness, burglaries or vandalism. But this just seemed so targeted," said Einhorn. 

Police said it's not known who did this or why, but police said there's no ongoing threat at this time.

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