A Juneau man accused of spraying bear mace at his stepson was arraigned in Juneau District Court on Tuesday. Alan Myron Davis, 53, pleaded not guilty through city public defender Tom Wagner.
Assistant City Attorney Robyn Carlisle said Davis sprayed the bear mace either six or 12 feet away from his stepson while in a room in the house to make him leave. She said the victim called 911 and reported difficulty breathing. She described the situation as “out of control.”
Wagner said whether it was six feet or 12 feet away, the situation wasn’t as serious as Carlisle described, and the bear spray was more of an irritant. The age of the stepson wasn’t given in court or noted in court documents.
A Juneau Police Department report shows Davis was arrested at the house just after 5 p.m. Monday. The stepson told responding officers the mace hurt his eyes and throat and caused nausea, according to the police report.
Davis was arrested for domestic violence assault. Carlisle said Davis poses a danger to his family and the community when he engages in drinking, and asked for bail to be set at $2,500, given Davis’ previous criminal history. Davis has four prior convictions, two for domestic violence assault, she said.
Judge Thomas Nave set a cash performance bond for $2,500, and ordered Davis not to have any direct or indirect contact with his stepson.
Davis is charged with assault for causing purposeful, reckless injury, an unclassified misdemeanor. Pretrial proceedings were scheduled for Feb. 13, and a jury trial was scheduled for Feb. 22.
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