By Ryan Velez
A hairstylist in New Jersey ended up assaulting a client and pepper-spraying her in the face after she wasn’t happy about a bad hair coloring, reports The Daily Mail. Jessica Mahecha, 25, found the stylist, Maryam Simpson, 35, who police said went by the name of Freddy, through a Craigslist advertisement, according to WCBS.
Mahecha then went to an apartment complex in Bloomfield on October 13th for a hair styling and to have her extensions dyed. “I didn’t want to dye my hair,” Mahecha said. “So I had requested that she do an extension so I didn’t have to touch any of my personal hair.” However, Mahecha wasn’t happy about the final product, and the two women began arguing. At this point, Mahecha alleges that Simpson assaulted her before pepper spraying her in the face.
“I had the police on the phone when she attacked me with pepper spray,” Mahecha said. Simpson fled, and while police initially had a bit of difficulty tracking her down since she was using a friend’s apartment at the time, they were able to track her down and arrest her on Monday in Bloomfield. A resident of Belleville, she is being charged with aggravated assault and a weapons offense.
Officials say that she was released after posting bail, which was set by a judge at $35,000 with a 10 percent option. It is unclear at the moment whether or not Simpson is a licensed cosmetologist. Mahecha was treated at the scene for injuries sustained during the incident.
Cyber security expert Ian Marlow cautioned that people who do business online need to be careful and employ background checks before entering transactions with people. “I have them text me their name, their address and a picture before I ever send them any of my information,” he said. At the same time, this information can be falsified, which leads to other risks.
“Never be alone. Always make sure if you can, as much as you can, to be in a public place and have a friend go with you,” Marlow suggested.