Six-Year-Old Maced: Why Did Roberto Gonzalez Spray Little Girl And Her Father?

By Jason Van Hoven on February 19, 2013 1:55 PM EST

Fernando Gonzalez
Fernando Gonzalez turned himself into the NYPD after a video was released in which a 6-year-old appeared to be maced while her father, Derrick Dunn, was beat up at a laundromat. (Photo: NYPD)

A 6-year-old girl was maced along with her 47-year-old father after 27-year-old Fernando Gonzalez busted into a Bronx Laundromat to reportedly settle a score, according to the New York Daily News.

Gonzalez turned himself in to the NYPD after the department released a video on Monday of him beating up and then using Mace on Derrick Dunn and his six-year-old daughter. In the video, Gonzalez burst into Giant Laundromat on White Plains Road on Saturday evening and started punching Dunn, even holding him down while landing haymakers. He can be seen readying the bottle of Mace before spraying Dunn and his daughter.

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Investigators believe Dunn and Gonzalez's girlfriend had previously gotten into an argument over the using a laundry cart.

Gonzalez was charged with assault.

The fire department told NY1 that two other people were also sprayed at the Laundromat with mace and taken to a local hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.

"It was really, really awful," witness Rita Ferguson told ABC. "The way he beat that man was horrible. He started spraying, we thought it was a gun or something."

Another girl, 11-year-old Star Mercer, said that she had to go to the hospital after Gonzalez also sprayed her with mace.

"I inhaled it, I couldn't breathe," Mercer told ABC.

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