Burnsville PD: Customer arrested after spraying chemical irritant at McDonald's workers

The incident happened in Burnsville over the weekend.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly sprayed a chemical irritant at employees at a McDonald's in Burnsville. 

The Burnsville Police Department tweeted on Feb. 20, McDonald's employees were "assaulted by a customer with bear mace." Few other details have been released and Matt Smith with the Burnsville PD told Bring Me The News the case is still active so they're not releasing additional details just yet.

He did say the workers were sprayed "by some sort of chemical irritant that caused a burning sensation in the eyes, nose and mouth."

In a statement to KSTP, McDonald's owner/operator Valerie Johnson said, "The safety and security of our employees is of utmost importance to us. We are thankful nobody was seriously injured and for local law enforcement's swift response."

The PD's tweet says on Tuesday morning, the Brooklyn Park PD located the suspect, who Smith identified as Lazell Cook of Minneapolis, and arrested him. 

He was booked into the Dakota County Jail, Smith said. Court records show he was issued a citation on Feb. 23 for three counts of fifth-degree assault and a prohibited person in possession of tear gas.  

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