Report: Man pepper sprays woman while being assaulted

Posted on September 9, 2016 by Mat Pellegrino

A 25-year-old Gulf Breeze woman was arrested last Friday after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend and accused him of cheating on her.
Andrea Rumbaugh, of McClure Drive was arrested following the incident and charged with Battery and Trespassing.
According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, SRSO deputies were called out to a home on Bayshore Road in Gulf Breeze last Friday afternoon in reference to a disturbance.
When they arrived on scene, they spoke with the victim who claimed that he and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument that afternoon.
According to the victim, Rumbaugh, who he had a Domestic Violence Injunction (DVI) against, had come over to the house that day and became irate when he was speaking to someone on his cell phone.
The victim told law enforcement that she was accusing him of cheating.
According to the victim’s statement in the arrest report, Rumbaugh snatched the phone out of his hand and began hitting him.
The victim stated he did not hit her and put his hands up to defend himself.
The victim then alleged Rumbaugh bit his right forearm, at which time he pushed her away from him.
He claimed when he pushed her, she ran into a shelf and the items on the shelf fell to the floor.
Following the scuffle, the victim alleged Rumbaugh started throwing items at him, and in order to defend himself, he grabbed a nearby can of pepper spray and sprayed the suspect.
The report indicated that the victim sprayed Rumbaugh in the face and chest when she came at him.
That’s when Rumbaugh began screaming at her neighbors to call law enforcement, the report indicated.
The arrest report noted that there were bite marks on the victim’s arm.
When deputies spoke with Rumbaugh, she claimed the victim was “high on narcotics” and that the two started arguing over who the victim was talking to on the phone.
The suspect claimed the victim began throwing items at her and that she was just “trying to get away from him”, the report indicated.
The suspect claimed she was trying to run away from the victim as he sprayed her with pepper spray. She also claimed he was threatening to hurt her pet kitten with a knife he allegedly had on him during the confrontation.
When law enforcement spoke to a neighbor, the witness told deputies that he saw the victim trying to defend himself. The witness said he saw Rumbaugh attacking the victim and that the victim was putting his arms up in self defense.
When deputies looked Rumbaugh up in their police database, they noticed she had an active DVI and had previously been trespassed from the residence.
Based on the evidence, deputies arrested Rumbaugh and transported her to Santa Rosa County Jail.
The Gulf Breeze resident was released from jail Monday after posting $2,500 bond.
According to the Santa Rosa County Jail View website, Rumbaugh has no prior arrests in Santa Rosa County.