Domestic dispute ends in pepper spray

John Joyce
  • Pepper spray in the eyes made it hard for a man to escape a domestic dispute in East Prospect in June.
  • Police say Dylan Larkin was trying to leave the area when he was sprayed, almost causing him to crash.
  • Larkin came back the next day, police said, and now he is charged with assault as well.

State police say a Seven Valleys man narrowly missed crashing into a parked car after he was pepper sprayed in the face during a domestic dispute in June.

Dylan Larkin, 21, of 668 Lake Redman Court, was trying to drive away from the area of Lemon and West Ridge avenues in East Prospect about 6 p.m. June 27 after his girlfriend and another woman attacked him, according to police.

As he pulled away, Larkin's girlfriend, Shelby Woods, stood in front of Larkin's car, forcing him to swerve to miss her, police said. He continued north on Lemon Avenue but was forced to stop when some of Woods' friends allegedly used a car as a roadblock in the middle of the street.

According to the charging documents, Woods' friend, Courtney Ann-Nicole Germer, 22, tried to open Larkin's door and ran alongside his car as he tried to drive off again. She then pepper sprayed him in both eyes. Larkin almost struck the car blocking him because of his inability to see, court documents state.

Charges were filed against Germer, but the next day Larkin became the aggressor, according to charging documents, and he now faces assault charges of his own.

According to charging documents, Larkin was seen circling his girlfriend's Red Lion residence. Woods finally decided to come outside and talk to Larkin, who grabbed her and threw her into a wall, the documents said.


Larkin is charged with simple assault and harassment and is free on $15,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 9.

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Germer is charged with reckless endangerment, simple assault and harassment. She remains free on $5,000 bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 8.

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