Suspect arrested in pepper spray assault of Boulder police officer

BOULDER, Colo. — Police have identified and arrested a woman in connection with an assault on a Boulder officer that occurred last week.

An officer recognized the suspect, 34-year-old Gina Herndon, after she was spotted at 11:10 a.m. Monday near 13th and Pearl streets.

Herndon faces charges of second-degree assault, third-degree assault, criminal mischief and attempted criminal mischief.

The arrest stems from an incident that occurred at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday when the Boulder Police Department responded to a Safeway store at 3325 28th St. on a report of a woman harassing people with pepper spray.

Herndon left the scene before officers arrived, but she was located soon after at a coffee shop on 30th Street, police said.

When an officer approached Herndon at the coffee shop, she became very agitated and aggressive and proceeded to use the pepper spray on the officer, police said. She then fled on foot.

Police searched the area, but were unable to find her. Meanwhile, the officer was taken to Boulder Community Health. He was treated and released.