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article imageBlack Friday pepper spray suspect refuses to talk with LA police

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 28, 2011 in Crime
Los Angeles - After surrendering to authorities over the weekend, the woman suspected of allegedly attacking 20 other shoppers at a Port Ranch, California Walmart is now refusing to talk to police.
The LA Times reports the woman is now evoking her right to protect herself against self-incrimination by declining to answer LAPD's questions about the incident which occurred at the Port Ranch Walmart store Thursday night.
Digital Journal reported on Friday a woman shot pepper spray into the air at the very crowded Walmart during the Black Friday sale. It was suspected this was perhaps an attempt to deter other customers from grabbing the electronics she wanted to purchase.
Police have alleged the woman was a "competitive shopper."
Twenty shoppers were hit by the pepper spray, including some children. No serious injuries were sustained and all victims were able to be treated on the scene.
After the incident, store management and authorities began sifting through sales receipts and surveillance in order to identify the suspect. There were many witnesses to the incident and police were looking for a name to go with the description.
On Saturday the woman surrendered to the LAPD, but was not taken into custody or charged as the police were still looking into the incident. It was mentioned the woman could potentially be charged with battery.
According to the LA Times, "Investigators declined to speculate Saturday whether the woman brandished the spray because she felt threatened by the crowd of jostling shoppers or to gain an advantage so she could grab an Xbox game console that was on sale."
At this time detectives are planning to speak to witnesses and victims before they decide whether or not to charge the still unnamed woman with a crime.
One victim of the pepper spray attack told CBS News, "It was a burning feeling in my throat for me. There was a lot of people who got it in their eyes. They were burning, they were screaming, crying," said shopper Juan Castro.
Footage taken by YouTube user Deciple87 at the Port Ranch Walmart store during the chaos
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