Crime

Man Arrested For Spraying Teen With Bug Spray

| by Brendan Kelly

An Iowa man has been arrested after he reportedly sprayed a teen girl in the face with bug repellent.

According to the Sioux City Journal, 41-year-old Matthew Crain has been arrested after he admitted to spraying the teenager through a window in her home.

Police were called to West Fourth Street in Sioux City, Iowa, at around 10 p.m., after receiving a report that a man had assaulted a 16-year-old girl.

The teen told police that Crain reached into her bedroom window, about an "elbow length into her house," and sprayed her in the face with bug repellent.

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Crain admitted to the assault and told police that he had done it because of ongoing neighbor issues with the family, court documents reveal.

On April 18, Crain was booked in the Woodbury County Jail, but has since been released on $10,000 bond. He faces a Class C felony charge of second-degree burglary. According to KCAU, the charge is punishable in the state of Iowa by up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. 

Readers shared their thoughts on Crain's crime and the charge on the Lock Up: Sioux City 2 Facebook page.

"Yeah. Nothing like charging him with something that can't stick," one user commented. "Maybe you could spin it into attempted abduction, an aggravated assault, and breaking in entry. Since you can't charge someone for just being a moron."

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"And the most random reason to get a felony on your record award does to...this guy!" another reader commented.

Some were confused as to why Crain was charged with burglary if he did not steal from the home.

"But wait... I didn't read anywhere that he had stolen anything or had intentions of stealing anything, which is what burglary is," one user wrote on the KCAU Facebook page.

Another user commented that the crime sounded more "like assault," rather than burglary.

A reader shared the definition of burglary, however, to clear up any confusion about the charge. The definition posted by the user reads:

Any person, having the intent to commit a felony, assault or theft therein, who, having no right, license or privilege to do so, enters an occupied structure, such occupied structure not being open to the public, or who remains therein after it is closed to the public or after the person's right, license or privilege to be there has expired, or any person having such intent who breaks an occupied structure, commits burglary.

Sources: Sioux City Journal, KCAU, KCAU 9 News/Facebook, Lock Up: Sioux City 2/Facebook / Photo credit: Pixabay

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