Wal-Mart Pepper Spray Suspect Surrenders

Woman walks into the Devonshire Division police station.

The woman who allegedly shot pepper spray on fellow Wal-Mart shoppers clamoring for a cheap Xbox 360 on Black Friday Eve has surrendered to Los Angeles police, officers said Saturday.

The woman went to the LAPD Devonshire station at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and detectives will release her name and details of the pending charges later, said a police spokesman, Officer Bruce Borihahn.

"The investigation is still ongoing," the officer said. "We have several victims and witnesses that need to be interviewed to determine what appropriate actions need to be taken."

The Black Friday Eve assault made worldwide headlines, and Wal-Mart security officers were reportedly in the process of isolating in-store surveillance tape of the suspect for police to disseminate to the public this weekend.

The Wal-Mart customer apparently spritzed the caustic spray onto a crowd at the Porter Ranch Wal-Mart just after it opened at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving night. As clerks unwrapped plastic from a shipment of X-box electronic gaming consoles, the woman sprayed other shoppers, including children.

The woman grabbed an XBox, purchased it, and left the scene as fire trucks rolled up to treat 20 patients for minor injuries. All the patients have been treated and released, firefighters said.

"Not a very bright thing to have done,"  was the assessment of Sgt. A.J. De Bellis at the LAPD Devonshire Station.

-- City News Service

Rebecca Leveque November 27, 2011 at 04:52 AM
When I look at the pictures, the pepper spray incident is paramount. Look how many people were packed into that Walmart...they must have been in violation of fire codes and building codes. How many people are allowed by the Fire Department to be in that store. We are lucky peole werent trampeled to death. That incident cost the taxpayers of City Of Los Angeles a small fortune. I hope Walmart has to pay for what happenned.
Rebecca Leveque November 27, 2011 at 04:56 AM
WalMart made money at the taxpayers expense.
Zookeeper91326 November 27, 2011 at 05:05 AM
Walmart is allowed to make money! Customers like a deal. Put the blame where it belongs...on the idiotic, ignorant, immoral, greedy piece of trash that assaulted other shoppers because she felt entitled to get her X-Box.
Common Sense November 27, 2011 at 11:44 PM
This made my whole weekend. This couldn't be funnier. :)
Common Sense November 27, 2011 at 11:44 PM
They were all idiotic, ignorant, immoral and greedy. She took it one step further is all.
AG November 28, 2011 at 04:14 PM
IMHO: From what I know of pepper spray use in CA and from what I have heard of this incident (Your mileage may vary..LOL). This was a mother with her two kids and she had pepper spray. There are many non-lethal defensive personal protection devices on the market. Pepper spray is legal to buy and carry and own in CA. You don't need a license or training to own it. It is a natural 'green' product and it causes temporary minor distress so the user can leave the situation. It can be easily bought in various sizes from most sporting goods stores for protect people in wilderness areas and the city. **PLEASE, Don't get it confused with it's much different 'bigger brother' products like chemical "Mace" or electrical Tazer products (contact or dart use).
AG November 28, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Continued....The nature of the situation and the user's personal motive of this unusual case will determine if this case will be criminal or civil prosecuted. The police may not have a case here. Most likely the actor will be civilily sued for her actions either corporately or indivdually. Time and investigation work will tell. It will be a interesting case for the pepper spray industry and people who own this protection device. DISCLOSURE: 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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