Sometimes, when I’m in an argument with someone and words fail me, I think maybe I should just pepper spray the other guy until I get my point across. But I won’t. Turns out, you can get charged with assault for that. That’s what happened to Joppa resident Joseph Anthony Bonsiero, 63, who faces charges of “second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, having a dangerous weapon on school property, and using mace with intent to injure” after allegedly pepper spraying Joshua Stephen Shincarick, 30, at a youth baseball game.
According to charging documents, Shincarick overheard Bonsiero and another man making “inappropriate comments” about the players and asked them to stop. Bonsiero was defiant, and after Shincarick asked him to stop a second time, Bonsiero left the bleachers, returned with pepper spray, and unloaded on Shincarick.
What’s Bonsiero’s side of the story? He told a Harford County sheriff’s deputy he felt threatened by the man who asked him to show some decorum at a kids’ baseball game. That’s why he went back to his car to grab the pepper spray and allegedly held Shincarick by the shirt as he maced him in a crowd of people, including young children.
Too bad Maryland isn’t a state where that kind of behavior counts as self-defense.