Corona police sought the public’s help today to identify two men who pepper-sprayed a woman and her 12-year-old son when they came home and interrupted a burglary in progress.
The attack happened on Feb. 8 in the 600 block of Azure Lane, according to Sgt. Frank Barron.
Shortly after 6 p.m. that day, the victims returned home to find their residence being burglarized, he said.
One suspect ordered them to leave the house and pepper-sprayed the child directly in the face, Barron said.
“The mother ran toward the suspect in an effort to protect her son and was also pepper-sprayed in the face,” the sergeant said. “Both victims then ran out of the residence.”
Witnesses saw the burglar and his accomplice flee the scene, but didn’t see where the pair went. They made off with some of the victims’ personal valuables, Barron said.
He said both mother and son were treated at the scene by paramedics, but did not require hospitalization.
The burglar with the pepper spray was described as a thin Hispanic man of medium height in his mid 20s, with brown hair slicked back and wearing a dark-colored jacket.
The second man was described as black, 17 to 22 years old, about 6 feet tall and thin, with short hair and wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information about their identities or whereabouts was urged to call Detective Robert Gonzalez at 951-279-3637.