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Suspect accused of macing and robbing woman faces judge

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Danielle Gastinger (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Danielle Gastinger (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman is accused of breaking into the home of a 60-year-old woman and robbing her -- but on Thursday morning, she had to answer to a judge for her alleged crimes.

Police say Danielle Gastinger and a juvenile accomplice broke into a woman's Fern Creek home. The juvenile allegedly sprayed her with mace, and the two robbed her.  They also say the 23-year-old and the juvenile broke 59-year-old Dianne Porter's ribs as they kicked her.

WDRB News spoke with Porter late last month, the day after the robbery occurred. She said a man and woman got violent when she opened the door to her Fern Creek home.

"I thought I was going to die. I really did," said Dianne Porter.

That's when she said they started spraying her with mace.

"Then he kicked me and knocked me down to the floor and he kept saying...'don't look at me, don't look at me, cause I'll spray you more," said Dianne Porter.

You could still see the remnants of mace on the front door of her home on Elm Lake Drive.

Porter said she wouldn't forget it. 

"It's horrible. It's a burning feeling. It feels like you're on fire," she said.

She suffered broken ribs as they kicked her, and laid on the ground while the man and woman robbed her home.

They got away with her computer, purse, and medicine.

She believed the pain medication and her credit card, were among the items they were looking for.

She said the suspects charged $108 to her card at Crown Liquors on Cooper Chapel Road. One employee inside said he remembered someone coming in and spending that amount on cigarettes.

Porter said they also made stops at local gas stations.

In court today, the judge called Gastinger a danger to the community and kept her bond at $50,000 full cash.

She's charged with robbery, forgery, fraud, and burglary.

No information on Gastinger's accomplice is available, since juvenile records are sealed.

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