Dallas, NC – August 3, 2011 – Aaron Shane Sanders, 26 stands accused of spraying mace on a father and 9 year old daughter as he tricked them into repossessing their 92’ Chevy Lumina from the side of highway.
While Sanders admits to spraying the father, David Roy Pickelsimer, 40, he claims the nine year old was not present at the time.
Pickelsimer of, Gastonia, told a magistrate that Sanders sprayed Mace at him and his daughter when he stopped to help Sanders July 28 after Sanders had broken down on the side of Old Dallas Highway.
Sanders was charged with simple assault and assault on a child under 12 and released on an unsecured bond Tuesday.
But Sanders, who works for a local repossession company, claims Pickelsimer is lying about the incident. He alleges that Pickelsimer continued to drive by a friend’s South College Street residence on July 28 where he was attending a cookout where small children were playing in the yard.
Sanders claims he called Dallas police four time on Pickelsimer, but that police told him there was no law against driving up the road. Reportedly,at one point, Pickelsimer stopped the car and started to open the door, according to Sanders.
According to Sanders, he did not know whether Pickelsimer had a weapon or not.
“When he got out of the car to come on the property he was Maced,” said Sanders.
Sanders alleged that the Mace was a “key chain” variety of the product and it was done from about 10 feet away. Reportedly no one saw anyone with Pickelsimer.
Sanders was released on an unsecured bond by recommendation of the Assistant D.A. as Sanders has no previous record and is a Gaston County resident acording to court records.
Accusations made by Pickelsimer against Sanders do not include a police investigation.
Sanders said he and another person had previously attempted to repossess Pickelsimer’s 1992 Lumina a few days earlier but Pickelsimer drove away before they could recover the vehicle.