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Man charged with pepper-spraying 2 kids

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A Central Texas man is in jail for pepper-spraying two kids. He told police he got tired of them bothering his property.

Raul Olivares, 12, and his friends like to kick the soccer ball around.

There's not really a safe area to play, as their South Austin apartment complex is surrounded by streets.

They sometimes stay in the courtyard.

That's where the kids were on Sunday.

"He ran out and was cussing at us," Raul said.

Raul says one of his downstairs neighbors got upset. His target, Raul says, was a 14-year-old.

"He said 'Hey you, I want to talk to you.' He just came up the stairs and he brought out the pepper spray and he sprayed him and some of it got in my face," said Raul.

The 14-year-old, Raul says, got the worst of it. Still, plenty of pepper spray hit him.

"It got really hot. My face got really hot and it was burning," Raul said. "I just ran inside. I poured water on my face. I got some water inside my mouth also."

According to court documents, police arrested 41-year-old Francisco Ybarra Junior for the crime. When interviewed, Ybarra denied using pepper spray. Police say Ybarra did admit to chasing a juvenile. He said he did it because he had problems with the kids in the apartment building bothering his property.

"I don't think its right. He shouldn't be doing that," Raul said.

Luckily for the kids, the effects of the pepper spray wore off within an hour. Both made it to their first day of school just fine and were back chasing the ball around as soon as they got home.

Ybarra has been charged with two felonies including, injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury and injury to a child through criminal negligence.

He has a $12,500 bond.

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