UPDATED: March 27, 2014 4:56 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — A man walked into a classroom at George Mason University’s Arlington campus Wednesday afternoon, demanded a citizen’s arrest of the law professor teaching the course and proceeded to pepper spray him in the face, police say.
An off-duty police officer who is also a student at the college heard the commotion from outside and got involved in the conflict, according to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. Police say 31-year-old Jonathan Pendleton of Alexandria fled but was intercepted by more officers.
Twelve to 15 people, including the professor, were evaluated by medics after reporting residual affects from pepper spray.
Pendleton was charged with abduction and assault with a caustic material and is being held pending a preliminary hearing next month. He is not a student, Sternbeck says.
Investigators say Pendleton and the unidentified professor do not know each other.
The man also had a stun gun in his possession during the attack but did not use it or threaten to use it, according to Sternbeck.
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