Police Mulling Wal-Mart Pepper Spray Charges

Suspect who turned herself in refuses to talk, and is released by Devonshire Division officers, pending further investigation.

Police are still trying to decide whether to seek charges against the woman who allegedly attacked a crowd of Porter Ranch Wal-Mart customers with pepper spray Thanksgiving night during a holiday doorbuster sale.

The woman allegedly sprayed customers before she grabbed an Xbox video game console, purchased it and left the store, according to reports.

Twenty victims, including children, were treated for lung and eye irritation.

The suspect, described as being in her 30s, walked into the Devonshire Division police station at 8:30 p.m. Friday and turned herself in, police said. However, police reported that she refused to answer questions, claiming her constitutional right against self-incrimination. Police did not provide her name, and she was released pending further investigation.

It would likely be at least two days before an arrest in the case could be made, Sgt. Jose Valle told the Huffington Post on Saturday.

"We have a ton of witnesses and victims to interview," LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh told the Los Angeles Times.

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Joan Bayer November 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Seriously?!?! The police are mulling pepper spray charges! You have got to be kidding me. If they don't press charges against this woman does that mean next Black Friday someone can go into a Walmart and taser their way to the front of the line just to get that reduced price iPad? This one should be given no thought at all - JUST DO IT!
Matt Weintraub November 27, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Unwarranted Pepper spraying is assault and battery. What's to think about? 20 victims need restitution for their trauma. Lock the perp up to protect the rest of Christmas shopping season. And take away her Xbox as evidence. Give it back in 2 years after all civil cases against her have settled with each Vic receiving an Xbox and a 60 inch plasma tv.
Mark Lassman November 27, 2011 at 10:56 PM
It really isn't up to the individual victims as to whether or not any of them want to press charges. Maybe in a civil case, yes. But, here, being a criminal act, it is up to the DA (District Attorney) as to the fling of charges. If a crime has been committed – and it would certainly appear that pepper-spraying 20 people is clearly the commission of the crime of battery against those 20 people – then I would expect the DA's office to file charges on Monday morning. I feel that Mr. Weintraub is certainly on the money in terms of what compensation each victim should receive. The store may very well have some degree of liability for either not providing adequate security or for not taking action swiftly enough. The store does have a duty to keep the premises safe and to maintain the safety of its customers. It may be seen that the store had breached its duty to those customers.
Rockin Roy November 28, 2011 at 04:45 PM
According to the article, now its hundreds of people?
Paul Dulaney November 28, 2011 at 05:35 PM
How about some forgiveness in this Christmas season? Yes, it's easy for me to say -- I wasn't at the store that day and got no pepper spray in my eyes. But really, do even the victims want to ruin this woman's life because of her foolishness? She should definitely have the Xbox taken away, but beyond that she should sit down in a room with a mediator and the victims where she can apologize and work out some reasonable restitution.
sydney November 28, 2011 at 05:45 PM
The Cops are coward!
sydney November 28, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Arrest that Woman! The cops are cowards!
John November 28, 2011 at 06:59 PM
I could not disagree with you any more. She assaulted all these people for material gain. This is one of the biggest problems that we have in our society. This is why other countries hate us and want to kill us. The rules apply to everybody including corporations, governments and individuals. Throw her in jail for a year and she needs to pay restitution to all those she assaulted.
Tom mcginley November 29, 2011 at 12:40 AM
It sucks all those people got sprayed.But if u think about it its pretty freaken funny LOL HAHAHAHAHA
AG December 09, 2011 at 01:00 AM
I have been in public events at which pepper spray was used and it helped the women who own and used it against individuals who didn't stop their physically aggressive actions when asked to do so by her. I have seen the opposite where pepper spray could have stopped a street mugging & it's injuries to the victim and would have stopped the mugger to not get away from the scene without police intervention. Nowadays the police are often too late to help in these types of calls.


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