A transgender woman with dozens of prior arrests is in custody for a two-day, two-borough binge of pepper-spray ambushes on 11 unsuspecting strangers, allegedly fueled by anti-white bias, cops said Sunday.
Thomas Heard — whom a police source said identifies as a woman, and neighbors said sometimes goes by “Tasha” — kicked off her latest alleged attack by approaching a couple outside her Bronx apartment building Saturday and demanding to know the woman’s race, cops said.
“Are you white?” Heard, who is black, allegedly barked at the 23-year-old woman, before kicking her and threatening her with a sharp object, and dousing her 30-year-old boyfriend with pepper spray, cops said.
Cops said they caught up with Heard — who was packing a pair of scissors and a canister of capsaicin — shortly after the 4:40 p.m. run-in near East 187th Street and Crotona Avenue, bringing an end to an alleged spraying spree that began around noon Friday in upper Manhattan.
Heard, 37, first sprayed a 29-year-old man inside the West 125th Street 2- and 3-train station at around 11:50 a.m. Friday, then dashed out to the street, police said.
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